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Mothership lets a racial slur slip in a headline on its mobile browser

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by biggy0125, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. Uncle.Ruckus

    Uncle.Ruckus Guest

  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I'm surprised that they deemed the 30-day suspension as too severe but not the dismissal.
  3. Drip

    Drip Active Member

  4. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Suspension would have been a fine punishment.

    We seriously gotta get over this "heads must roll!" mentality about honest mistakes that do no one any actual (physical or financial) harm, especially in a business that has seen too many heads roll the past four year.

    A copy editor at a newspaper would have quietly had the head changed by the slot and perhaps been given a little lecture.

    Here, someone gets fired . . . because there was no slot other than the one with the 30-minute delay button.

    That makes a lot of sense. ::)
  5. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    It was a knee-jerk reaction.
  6. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    And what do you think should happen if the same thing made it into a print product?

    100-point hammer hed over a picture of Lin.
  7. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    It's interesting, isn't it?

    The Internet is kind of a tweener -- less "permanent" than a printed newspaper, but more permanent than a spoken word -- although obviously, since everything is on tape these days, the spoken word has permanence, too.
  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Fortunately, editors are dispensable so you can easily fire a person for one mistake that likely would have been caught by checks in place in the past.
  9. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Also, let's throw in what we know now and didn't at the time.

    There was an editorial meeting and a memo sent out to editorial folks, in the wake of the Big Sexy disaster, to be extra mindful of how Lin is treated/covered in from a race standpoint.
  10. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    The magic of screengrabs and posting to Twitter makes everything permanent.
  11. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    There was? Where did you see that? I am not doubting you, I would just like to read it.
  12. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    It was a stupid headline, no doubt. But desks used to be staffed with the assumption that people would make mistakes and write bad headlines.

    Now there's little or no safety net, and you're canned if you screw up.
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