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Scooped! SOB scooped 'cause we sat on the story

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Evil ... Thy name is Orville Redenbacher!!, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    Few wiser words have ever been spoken.
  2. Twoback

    Twoback Active Member

    Kick your publisher, not your dog. Please.
  3. Twoback

    Twoback Active Member

    Rather than banning anonymous sources, how about banning unethical and cheating reporters? Then you have nothing to worry about with the rest of us.
  4. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    Because then I'd be out of a job. :D
  5. hockeybeat

    hockeybeat Guest

    Last year, I interviewed for job, covering a major school. The EE, ME and SE asked me my thoughts on anonymous sourcing. I said that I believe that they are vital in important, breaking stories. I suggested if Big School's Basketball Coach had agreed to leave for another job and the story hadn't broke, then usage of anonymous sources is important in reporting the story.

    The paper's management then said they had just passed a decree banning anonymous sourcing.
  6. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    Then I'd sue those bastards for entrapment. ;D
  7. hockeybeat

    hockeybeat Guest

    I should have, since I didn't get the gig. ;)
  8. Meat Loaf

    Meat Loaf Guest

    I wrote about a similar situation that popped up a few weeks ago. TV reported half-right facts based off anonymous (general manager of the station) source and rumors. They had no confirmation and got a half-assed quote from the AD. I held it, got three stories about of it with about half-a-dozen sources.

    But, it's high school, so nobody really seemed to give a shit that we even mentioned it.
  9. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    i'm not saying it shouldn't ever take place, but using an anonymous source should be a rare occurrence.

    breeds lazy reporters and reads like shit when it comes to credibility.
  10. spup1122

    spup1122 Guest

    Radio doesn't care. I had a PIO tell me the wrong information on a story about a man who had been killed in a car accident. He inverted the names of the man killed and the man who hit him. I was sick the next day, but was recording the news from home. I called my ops manager about it when I found out and he said to do a retraction in the evening news. The day after the retraction ran, my GM reamed me for doing it because we're never supposed to be wrong. My response, "I'm sorry, I killed the wrong man in my story (whether it was my fault or not). Don't you think his family would like to know I'm wrong since they called the station after the story ran thinking their son was dead?!?" He told me that I'd be fired if I ever admitted an error on air again.
  11. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Well-Known Member

    Leaning close to outing there. Careful.

    Suffice it to say she's on a major pro beat.
  12. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    And she's a fucking stud.
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