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How much leeway should reporters have on social media?

Discussion in 'Online Journalism' started by Thomas Goldkamp, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. BB Bobcat

    BB Bobcat Active Member

    You certainly don't want to just blast people.

    However, personality is great. Analysis is great.

    I think you can do both while still maintaining your integrity and objectivity.

    NO: Pete Carroll blew it by calling that pass play. Dumb move.

    YES: Questionable call by Pete Carroll. Hard to understand why he wouldn't give the ball to Lynch.

    Honestly, the type of analysis that passes on Twitter ought to be OK in a traditional story too. If it's not, you're missing some of your job responsibility.

    EDIT: the radio interview analogy is a good one. Beat writers are often asked to analyze in that medium, and you have to do so carefully.
    OakAsSocksGrl likes this.
  2. forever_town

    forever_town Well-Known Member

    I don't know about readers these days, but In my mind you lose credibility or objectivity if you do that.
  3. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    Always be wary. You are being watched at all times by immediate supervisors at your company. Don't mess up by saying something controversial.
  4. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Another ban over?
    Jake_Taylor likes this.
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