Mallary Jean Tenore of the Poynter Institute takes a critical look at the social media hoax on Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o (he engaged in extensive online chats with a fictitious woman he said, and many media reported, to have died of leukemia). Steve Buttry at Digital First Media notes the story's debunking was there for the taking.
Former U.S. vice president, soon-to-be-former Current TV owner, Al Gore is expressing concern about the decision by The New York Times to close its environmental reporting unit. Gore worries it will make it more difficult to report on climate change.
A new survey by the George Washington School of Political Management and ORI Media indicates two-thirds of Americans trust social media as much as they do mainstream media as a source of political news. Among young people that number was 71 per cent, Politico reports, while only slightly more than one-third of older people trusted social media political content.
U.S. President Barack Obama indicates that part of his initiative to address gun violence in America will involve a study of media imagery to determine its relationship to crime, the Associated Press reports. While it is not a prominent element in his policy proposal, it nevertheless suggests the Administration wants the public to better understand any connection between video games, media and violence.
Ken Doctor, a leading American media consultant and analyst, tells the World Editors Forum that a priority for publishers should be the convergence of technologists with journalists. In that way newsrooms stand a better chance of creating unique content, he argues.
Craig Silverman, writing for the Poynter Institute, examines the refinement of policy by the Washington Post on corrections. It calls for more elaboration of what is being corrected, stern approaches on unpublishing online material, and a more proportionate placement of corrections based on the seriousness of the mistake.
PR Daily reports on a study by the blog twelve thirty eight on jargon identified by journalists that congests the public relations vocabulary. The compilation is amusing and reminiscent.