Not only was the story out of Texas gruesome – there was a report that about 30 dismembered bodies were found and that some were children – but it also spread like wildfire; an Australian news station was one of the first to pick it up.
NPR’s Bob Garfield reports on this story for On The Media and tells us how it got so out of control (you can listen to him here).
Some insights on today’s reporting practices from Bob’s report:
· The common practice of news organizations citing other news organizations to validate a story
· A newsroom, KPRC-TV, that doesn’t know and is unable to determine which staff tweeted what under the company’s name
· Newsrooms that have separate journalistic policies for different media, i.e. one policy for news reporting “on air” and another to govern social media updates
Posted by akenney at 1:57 PM