Students Record “Check It” Before Signing Off

Before wrapping up their semester-long Journalism class, students recorded the following song about the importance of checking your facts before you publish your stories. Lyrics by Theodore. The song is sung to the tune of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.”

“Check It”

They told me that my facts better be clear
If they’re not you might as well get outta here
If you’re wrong, it’s true
They’ll quickly fire you
So check it, just check it.

You better check, you better do what you can
If you want it to run
Do it right, understand
You wanna write fine
But you better understand, and
Check it. You don’t know if it’s fact
Just check it

Check it, check it
If you don’t you will regret it
Showin’ how greatly
Sourced are your facts
If you can’t source them
Something’s outta wack so

Check it, check it, check it

You have to realize that this is really not good
It’s not even in the correct news neighborhood
It has too much opinion so its really not news
So check it, just check it.

You have to show us that you really do care
Use multiple sources and make sure it’s fair
If it’s only got one side than it’s propaganda
So check it, yes you gotta check facts

Just Check it, check it
If you haven’t please correct it
Showin’ how greatly
Sourced are your facts
If you can’t source them
Something’s outta wack, so

Check it, check it
If you don’t you will regret it
Showin’ how greatly
Sourced are your facts
If you can’t source them
Something’s outta wack so

Check it check it check it

[Insert Eddie Van Halen guitar solo]

Check it, check it
If you haven’t please correct it
Showin’ how greatly
Sourced are your facts
If you can’t source them
Something’s outta wack, so

Check it, check it
If you don’t you will regret it
Showin’ how greatly
Sourced are your facts
If you can’t source them
Something’s outta wack so

Check it check it check it

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