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Citizen journalism at its finest: Dead couple is alive!

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Baron Scicluna, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Per Romensko, the Oakland Press printed a story, written by a Catholic priest, about the closing of a church, with a couple listening to the service.

    Only problem is, the couple has been dead for years.

    The priest defended himself with this immortal line: "Whoever edited it condensed and took out a lot. My editor screwed it up. ….I’m a citizen journalist. I do this for the community good."

    Whoops.

    http://jimromenesko.com/
     
  2. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

    I liked what a complete prick the priest was when an actual reporter called him to find out what happened ...

    “What business is it of yours?” he asked. “Why are you bothering me? I already spoke to the editor.”
     
  3. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    An update says that the guy talked to the son of the dead couple and got some wires crossed.

    It wasn't like the guy made up the quotes, just attributed them incorrectly.
     
  4. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Don't yell at me, I'm a citizen journalist!
     
  5. WolvEagle

    WolvEagle Active Member

    I've dealt with this priest before. Not on my list of favorite people.
     
  6. BillyT

    BillyT Active Member

    Like none of us have ever had something like that happen to us?

    Yeah, his reaction sucked, but we all make mistakes.
     
  7. tapintoamerica

    tapintoamerica Well-Known Member

    What, pray tell, is the status of the Oakland Press' Institute For Citizen Journalism? Anybody know?
     
  8. dog eat dog world

    dog eat dog world New Member

    Better watch it. Regardless of accuracy (if that was important, your copy desk would still exist) by the priest, he and others like him have a better than 50-50 chance of landing your job within three years.
     
  9. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    To be fair, I put a dead girl in a volleyball box score once.
     
  10. fossywriter8

    fossywriter8 Active Member

    Did she have just one kill?
     
  11. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    Almost as bad. One dig.
     
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