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3 lessons from covering Ebola in 2014

In this Oct. 6, 2014, file photo, a hazardous material cleaner removes a wrapped item from the Louise Troh's apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, stayed. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

In this Oct. 6, 2014, file photo, a hazardous material cleaner removes a wrapped item from the Louise Troh’s apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, stayed. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

In both the U.S. and abroad, one of the biggest stories of 2014 was Ebola. We covered it at Poynter, too, from style notes to profiles of journalists in the U.S. and West Africa who reported the unfolding story. I asked three journalists who’ve reported on Ebola about what they’ve learned.

Dr. Seema Yasmin, reporter and subject matter expert, Dallas Morning News:

I saw the journalistic maxim: “It’s better to be late than wrong” play out in front of me. We sat on information and saw others publish names and other details that turned out to be inappropriate to publish at that time or totally inaccurate.

Live Twitter chats were a great service to our readers. Read more

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