If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following questions were submitted by readers and answered through the efforts of our news staff.
Can people, such as sources in a newspaper article, look at the article before it is printed?
The Times, like many newspapers, does not allow anyone to view an article before it is printed.
The practice of sharing stories is something debated by journalism students and professionals, with an eye toward ensuring accuracy but maintaining the independence of a journalist’s reporting.
Allowing a source to read over and make changes to a story could provide that source too much influence over the newspaper’s reporting.
A source likely is involved in the subject of the article, hence the reason a journalist reached out to him, and is less likely to be objective when commenting on a story. The journalist’s job is to fairly cover all sides of an issue, and allowing a source to review an article can impede that.
In the pursuit of accuracy, sometimes facts and other details can be read back to a source.
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