In response to Scott Pelley’s acceptance speech I would agree with a lot of the points he made. The one that sticks out to me is when he said “if you’re first nobody remembers, if you’re wrong nobody forgets”. He makes some good points about the availability of information in todays’s age and how that can be a negative because people are trying to get information out as quick as possible without checking their facts. I also told the audience about a mistakes he has made in the past. It showed some humility and kept his speech from just talking about other people’s mistakes. I do agree that in today’s day in age journalist have to be very careful about what they report and how they obtain information.
In the digital age more and more people are reporting important news stories. Pelley talked about the “amateur” journalists who pinned Boston marathon bombing suspects on social media without any proof. This kind of information skews actual news and it becomes harder to believe what is actually a true story. Another example he uses is major news organizations using videos on YouTube without researching if the videos were altered in any way. In the rush to include media in a story, many YouTube videos are used without proper background checking.
Overall I agree with Pelley’s points. Journalism has changed dramatically from the times of some of the people he looked up that he mentioned in his speech. And with that change journalists now more than ever have to be cautious about obtaining factual information.