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Some great food for thought here: Journalists regularly copy and paste tweets and Facebook updates in coverage of stories. But what are the implications of this for privacy, journalistic ethics and copyright? And what happens when we copy and paste, retweet, share or otherwise broadcast comments by minors, without permission, without asking minors’ parents for permission? The times, they are a-changing, indeed….
Mark my word: We’ll be seeing more and more jobs like this, and jobs like “social media editor” in media organizations going forward.
Does Twitter break news? GigaOm says yes in response to an AJR report that makes the case that the “noise” on Twitter doesn’t become news until a “credible” journalism organization confirms it. Bleh to AJR’s view, I say. In a recent talk by @MarkBriggs at CU, a roomful of students were asked where they get their news, and Twitter, Facebook and Reddit came up, but only one student mentioned a primary news source: CNN.
Just as a matter of clarification, the Miami Herald’s writer Greg Cote and his editors are confusing “nationality” with “ethnicity.” Nationality refers to the country of one’s citizenship, therefore Lin is American. His ethnicity is Asian American, or more specifically, he’s of Taiwanese descent or heritage. It may seem like a little thing, but the lack of understanding of these terms is a reflection of peoples’ general ignorance of Asian America, and of the race-related issues that have put a damper on Lin’s sensational story the past couple of weeks. The mainstream media more than anyone should be careful and accurate, and not fall into easy assumptions and incorrect terminology.
Words journalists should take to heart as they continue to cover the Jeremy Lin phenomenon.
It’s amazing to me that journalists in general are so offended by the business side of our industry that they prefer not to know anything about how they get paid — until the money’s gone and they’re booted out the door. It doesn’t mean journalism has to sell out to succeed, but I agree that journalists should understand the biz side of all this mess.
Phuong Ly in Poynter.org writes about interviewing people you may not understand (with tips from Jehovah’s Witnesses), and touches on the stupid incorrect report by the Minneapolis CBS affliate, WCCO, that claimed that a New York Chinatown meat shop was selling dogs shipped from Minnesota for eating. Mis-communication, or incredibly poor and racially biased reporting? The station’s keeping mum except to admit the report confused “dog” and “duck” (how about “DOH!”?) but the other facts were accurate… no apology to Asian American organizations such as the AAJA.
Here’s one I’ll forward to my students…