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A REASONABLE DOUBT

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3 Nov 2011 Comments Off on A REASONABLE DOUBT

At some stage during their apprenticeship to the profession, the tyro journalist is usually taken aside by a grizzled colleague and imparted the mantra: “If in doubt, leave out.” The cautionary phrase is a summation of good common sense habits that those who labour productively in the newspaper vineyards soon acquire, often painfully through neglect of its inherent principles. It teaches the need to verify information, separate rumour from fact, and satisfy oneself as to the veracity and reliability of sources. It also embodies the principle of ...