Monthly Archives: April 2014

Publishing a Tweeter’s Name

At Penn State in 2013, a white student tweeted a racially insensitive tweet after there had been previous racial tensions at the university. It was decided by the Collegian that they would post a story about the tweet (which received … Continue reading

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Five Discussion Questions for April 9th

1. After reading Sullivan’s article, I realized that I never knew the Newtown shooter’s mom wasn’t an employee who worked at the elementary school. After wrong information has been sent out, Sullivan points out that readers only remember the wrong … Continue reading

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The Journal News publishes names and locations of gun permit holders after Sandy Hook

Shortly after the Sandy Hook shooting, the Westchester, NY based Journal News published an interactive map that featured the names and addresses of people in the area who held gun permits. While this information was legally obtained, the Journal News … Continue reading

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BuzzFeed curation of rape victims’ tweets

On March 12, Twitter user @steenfox asked her followers to share what they were wearing when they were sexually assaulted.  She also prompted responders to let her know if if was okay to retweet their responses.  She got dozens of … Continue reading

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Social media reporting during Newtown shooting

In the first hours of the Sandy Hook shooting speculation about what happened ran rampant on Twitter. News organizations began reporting any tidbit of information as fact. Incorrect information spread as “confirmed,” including that Lanza was the father of a … Continue reading

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CNN’s quick recovery didn’t stop mistake from spreading

June 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court voted in favor of President Obama’s health care law. However, CNN and Fox News reported the opposite. According to Poynter’s currated article compiled that same day, CNN received more back lash than Fox News. CNN … Continue reading

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Twitter and the death of Joe Pa

In 2012, several media outlets reported former controversial Penn State football coach Joe Paterno had died, even though he remained alive in a hospital bed. The story broke incorrectly after Onward State, an independent student publication at PSU, learned of … Continue reading

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