More Journalism Mess Ups

November 6th, 2016 Posted in Print Related


I was looking through my RSS feed and found an interesting article by Richard Horgan. He discussed the recent update in the Rolling Stone case where the reporter was found guilty of Defamation with malice. Reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely published a story about a rape that supposedly happened at the University of Virginia. The story was later found to be completely false and the major interview subject was lying and the reporter never fact checked anything.

As we discuss the ideas of new digital media and the ideas of monetizing journalism this becomes a huge issue. Reporters, editors and owners are becoming increasingly more concerned with the bottom line and are losing sight of what is most important. Ultimately content that readers trust and like is most important. In recent years trust of the media has drastically decreased due to major violations of the public’s trust. Similarly as the media moves online, there are more places than ever to get the news from professional and non- professional sources.

If online media is to be worth paying for than people need to trust the media again. The pros need to distinguish themselves from the rest of the clutter on the internet. Professional reporters need to hold themselves to higher standard and stop publishing false sensational stories. The public demands it.

Let me know what you think in the comments section below.


  1. One Response to “More Journalism Mess Ups”

  2. By Kyle on Nov 7, 2016

    Does the public demand it? Does it demand it more than it demands knowing information quickly? This might be a case of the public not knowing what’s good for it. What do you think?

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