Fact-checking is an often overlooked function in publishing. Every piece of information
advanced in a piece of writing needs to be checked and, often, double-checked to make
sure the facts can stand scrutiny.
It is also important to keep the publication out of legal trouble. The person fit for
this job loves to research, is a kind of detective, and is trained to look for things in
a piece of writing to yank and check it. It could be names, it could be addresses,
it could be a piece of dialog or an historical fact.
There are times when copy editors perform this function but on most large publications
it is a job itself. Tip: Have passion for researching facts!
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