In light of Te’o story, how can we fix sports journalism?

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The spread of the Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax is only the latest case of journalistic misconduct in the world of sports journalism. How can we fix it? [...]

Accuracy and accountability checklist for social media

Journalists need to focus on accuracy and accountability in social media. I created a Twitter and Facebook accuracy checklist to help. [...]

New media ethics, same as old media ethics

Earlier this week, the Patch site in Palo Alto apologized after a freelancer plagiarized a story from another website. An apology posted on the site stated that copy was lifted from VentureBeat, an online tech news site. It doesn’t state if the freelancer will continue to work for the site, but the apology includes this:

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Recommended reading: Investigative social media, new ideas and tools

Sorry it’s been so long, but it’s been crazy busy as TBD’s preparing for the holidays and other events. This’ll be a quick one, just a few links I’ve been reading of late. Have a happy Thanksgiving, folks.

Social media roundup How Investigative Journalism Is Prospering in the Age of Social Media – Great ideas [...]

Social Media Guidelines to Live By

Personally, I’m not a big fan of social media policies. While I recognize a lot of companies need to have these policies in place to cover their butts in court, I generally frown upon anything that gives journalists any excuse to not communicate openly with sources and/or readers via social media.

So this isn’t a [...]

Making Twitter Work for Reporting

Despite its reputation, Twitter is not just to tell people what you had for breakfast. Journalists willing to learn the tool well can also use Twitter to:

Monitor the activities and interactions of people you cover Crowdsource stories by asking your followers for ideas or info Quickly find people who witnessed or experienced an event [...]

Who got a say in WaPo’s social media policy?

Even aside from the Washington Post’s social media policy itself, the method of its distribution and construction is cause for concern. [...]

WaPo, of all places, needs a lesson in transparency

The Washington Post’s new social media policy for staff has more than enough eyebrow-raising ‘dont’s’ that are sure to scare any staffer away from the social web and seeks to turn off great connections with sources and readers. [...]

Recommended reading for May 28th-June 2nd

Recommended links from Twitter data mining and visualizations to a Twitter client for journalists, more hand-wringing from “the establishment” and tips on social media policies. [...]