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According to Wikipedia

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SoSueMe, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Active Member

    Does anyone else cringe when they read this in a story?

    As handy as Wikipedia is, I still wouldn't quote it or use it as a source in a story.

    The recent run of errors and deceitful employee(s) the company had working there, I just can't bring myself to use it as a credible source. Not to mention, anyone with a computer can ad anything they like to any category (i.e. The Vince-Carter-sucks-dick-on-his-summers-off entry)
  2. ColbertNation

    ColbertNation Member

    According to Wikipedia, Wikipedia is not a reliable source of information. It is more like an un-monitored message board where opinion or conjecture becomes fact.
    I will use it if I need someone's birthday or something like that, but, inevitably, I double-check even that because you can't know where that information came from.
  3. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

  4. dawgpounddiehard

    dawgpounddiehard Active Member

    If I would see that in a writer's copy... that shows to me he or she is a lazy journalist.
  5. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    I "trust" it for the most basic things when cross/double-checking facts, and even then, with great care.

    It can be a resource to at least help confirm something that's out there multiple times, or as a quick reminder for something. That's about it.
  6. franticscribe

    franticscribe Well-Known Member

    It's showing up now as a source in legal opinions, including at least 13 cases from the circuit courts of appeal just below the Supreme Court, and in law review articles:

  7. Idaho

    Idaho Active Member

    Why would you use wikipedia as a source when you will undoubtedly find dozens of other sources using a google search?
  8. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    Yes, if it's a topic that I have some knowledge about and just need a memory kick-start. If it's a topic I know little about, then it's dangerous. It's amazing what I see there when it's an area of my expertise, all kinds of stuff that just isn't true.
  9. ondeadline

    ondeadline Well-Known Member

    Wikipedia should only be used to suggest a fact that should be confirmed by an official site or source before using in the paper.
  10. I can't believe any legitimate news organization, college journalism professor or reporter would cite Wikipedia as a source!

    It's simply not credible.
  11. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Active Member

    I agree. But in a story today in a (fairly) major paper I read a sentence that started with "According to Wikipedia . . ."
  12. expendable

    expendable Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't frown on "according to Wikipedia" in a light column, because it would be followed by "and you can take it for what it's worth," but never in a hard news story.
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