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Verify, Verify, Verify TV news stations air incorrectly identified ferry video from YouTube. A number of Canadian television news broadcasts aired a user-submitted video clip falsely labelled as a ferry battling rough seas in the Cabot Strait, reviving questions about how news organizations handle user-submitted content. The reports prompted some passengers to cancel their bookings.

One or two lessons here for traditional news organizations — and the rest of us?

Accuracy matters. That includes fact-checking. When you aren’t sure of the original source, this goes triple.

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