We’ll also discuss the Denver plane crash that Mike Wilson survived and how the media missed an opportunity by not using Twitter.
Ethics, Urgency and Accuracy
Southern Regional Press Institute
Savannah State University
Feb. 20, 2014
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Which is more important?
• Getting the news first? Or getting it
This is a false choice: If you don’t have it
right, you didn’t get it first.
You want to publish quickly as soon as you
verify facts. Story unfolds, rather than
waiting to publish complete story.
Vetting & verifying
• Track back RTs, etc.
• Look for clusters
• Location enabled?
• Evaluate the network
• Evaluate the history
• Links, photos?
• Take it old school
• Disclose, hedge,
• Be brave only in
Tips from Craig Silverman, Regret the Error
How long have they been tweeting?
Check previous tweets, interaction
Check bio, links
Check Klout score
Google name and scam, spammer
Contact & interview
Tips from Mandy Jenkins, Zombie Journalism