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There needs to be a counterweight to the "first to break a story" mentality

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  • Rick Santina commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The most absurd thing I have ever seen is the phenomenon of "Internet Reporters".
    A person sitting in the studio reading Facebook and Twitter feeds over the air is NOT reporting. Verification of key facts and actually investigating and reporting a story are critical. How many more "Balloon Boy" stories do we need to see?

  • sanderssam commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    More and more stories are being broken on shakier and shakier evidence. The "Sources report" introduction to a story is the journalistic equivalent of a "Beta" label on a computer program. But it's not taken as such; it's taken as gospel. There needs to be a well-marketed counter, that doesn't lag ridiculously behind the news world, but has fully researched and is confident of its conclusions. Confirmation with greater analysis has to have a market over a one-line story reporting something that can be couched into a stickier headline.

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