Class Blog Discussion #2

Please Read:   “Errors in Newtown Shootings Coverage Reflect Growing Pressures,” in the New York Times. Weigh in on the comments section with your thoughts about the speed with which news is delivered today and some of the inherent dangers brought on by that speed.

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3 Responses to Class Blog Discussion #2

  1. kylagaler says:

    I think with the rapid rate of social media and even just multimedia journalism in general, mistakes are becoming increasingly inevitable in reporting. Obviously every editor is going to say that their number one goal is accuracy but it seems like that is not always the case. I definitely think that it is better to get it right than to get it first because if you get it first and it’s wrong your credibility is immediately shot. Not to mention mistakes in journalism can really take a toll on the public. For example, reporting the death of someone that is not in fact dead. Imagine the grief you would cause on a family to see that in an article you wrote first? Also, take Ryan Lanza. In this article above it states how many legitimate news organizations reported that the shooter was Ryan Lanza when in fact it was his brother, Adam. I’m sure Ryan Lanza went through enough just with the situation alone, and then to add the accusations of naming him the shooter? It’s really devastating knowing these small but major details are all easily avoidable.

    I definitely understand how mistakes like these can happen when there are so many outlets spewing you information at every second of the day. However, I think as the new millennium of journalists we just have to take this into account while reporting. Social media in some ways makes our job even easier, but in other ways, such as sourcing and accuracy it can be much harder. That is just an aspect that we have to understand and overcome.

  2. I definitely think the “get-it-first” mentality in journalism these days has significantly decreased the quality. Reporters are under severe pressure from editors to get the story first, and editors are under pressure from advertisers. It is understandable that they resort to new ways of finding information.
    However, the idea that a simple correction can fix a major mistake is very misguided. Once the public hears or reads something, it is in their minds for good. Perhaps someone does not read the New York Times every day, and had clicked on a single article after seeing it shared on Facebook. Once he reads the article, he does not see the correction the next day. When discussing the event with others, that reader may introduce the false information into the conversation as a piece of information the others have not heard yet. They proceed to tell others, until the information has spread, despite it having been corrected after-the-fact.

  3. Kristina Kulyabina says:

    Although mistakes have been made in the journalism industry, and they will continue to happen, I have high hopes for my generation in terms of getting our facts straight before posting them on Twitter. By the time we get our big shot careers, I am hoping the amount of misrepresented material we’ve encountered as students will caution us to choose fact-checking or fact-texting. Sure it must be nice seeing your name out there before everyone else’s but is it worth it? Is it worth the embarrassment? I personally would rather hold off any breaking news information until I found out the exact accurate facts behind the event.

    In relation to the Newton shooting coverage, the identification of Ryan Lanza ( the shooter’s brother) as the actual shooter was a life-threatening decision made by news outlets. What if someone quickly traced down Ryan and shot him in revenge- would the news stations be the ones to blame? The safety of the public is at threat when it comes to speed over accuracy in breaking news events. However, I agree with Sullivan in some of her responses to readers’ comments on the New York Times’ reporting that day. “Easy to say, and increasingly hard to do, is to follow this well-accepted advice: It’s always better to be slower and right than faster and wrong,” says Sullivan. Sure, it’s better to get things right but it’s harder – and it’s seemingly easier to just hurry up and get it out there, even if it is wrong.

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