Discussion: Ethics in Online Journalism

Hey folks,

Take a look at this story and weigh in on the comments area with your thoughts about what occurred in this case.  Was this preventable?

Steve

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8 Responses to Discussion: Ethics in Online Journalism

  1. Emily R says:

    I think that is why EPIC will never really happen. There are too many ways that computer programs can screw up cause a panic.

  2. ashleycoulombe says:

    Honestly, my first reaction was that someone was trying to fool with United’s stock – I’m glad that they cleared that up.

    It’s unfortunate that this appears to be a he said/she said type situation between Google and Tribune Co. as to who actually caused the chain of events. From what I can tell, I think it was preventable – this Google “bot” pulled the story out and gave it an incorrect time stamp, whether there was increased activity on the Web site or not. HOW it was preventable I can’t really say. Noone could’ve predicted it happening I suppose.

    I agree with Emily – this is one of the reasons why EPIC won’t ever happen. There are too many what ifs involved, especially with computer programs.

  3. Kylie says:

    This shows the amount of power their is in journalism. Readers expect media to be truthful so when mistakes like this happen their are large consequences. As a journalist it is important to do accurate reporting and not just assume everything you find on the web is credible.

  4. edoody101 says:

    This article helps provide a clear cut reference of how quickly the internet can be a tool for deception. The internet can be two sided, one allowing for enlightenment and connection, while the other can be an environment for pranksters and liars to spread whatever false information they please. As the stock market was effected by people who believed information was recent rather than dated, shows how quickly information can spread and affect even the economy. I agree this shows how the EPIC video is a bit extreme as computers can still screw up and the possibility for someone to mess with a computer program is easy enough. Hopefully people will start to research what they read and completely understand what an article or website is saying rather than just accepting it as truth immediately.

  5. davidhumphreys says:

    To me, this comes as a double-edged sword. On one hand, no matter who should take the blame, an archived story should never have been run as current. On the other hand, this United incident truly shows how effective and powerful online journalism is becoming.

  6. benjaminswill says:

    Pretty ridiculous and absolutely preventable. If there were any sort of double check on the information, it never would have gotten out of hand, that’s why you don’t just take the first thing you read or see and post it somewhere as fact.

  7. cgreener says:

    I have to imagine this was preventable in that Google News should not have the ability to put a time stamp on an article that is different from the date that it was said to be published.

    This article seemed to be a very strong example of the power of a headline. At first I thought the stock market drop was prompted from the headline alone. But then I realized even if people did read the article that is dated 2002 it wouldn’t be something people would notice or expect considering that they trusted the Google News site that posted the article as recent. Events such as this will lead to diminished trust in the articles that Google News posts.

  8. emma8 says:

    It seems like as technology advances people become less inclined to research anything. It’s like we are substituting our own brain capacity for the easy to use search engine, that could be wrong. A person finds one thing on Google and believes it. With all the technology out there you would think that more people would use it. Instead we just type in a keyword on Google, something pops up, and in our minds it’s fact.

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