Daily Egyptian hoax

September 4, 2005 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: journalism.

Just a few minutes on the telephone — that’s all it would have taken in 2003 on the part of a reporter for the Daily Egyptian, the student newspaper at Southern Illinois University, to save himself hours of work and some major professional embarrassment for himself and his colleagues two years later. The student newspaper has been the victim of a hoax. It could have been prevented had somebody on the staff followed the simple reporter’s dictum: Check it out.


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