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– Journalists reflected on the state of their craft when false reports of Joe Paterno’s death surfaced. A Penn State community news site got it wrong. CBS reported the information without double-checking or even attributing the information.

Some journalists blamed Twitter and glory-seeking reporters for jumping the gun. I do not. As fast as false reports spread on Twitter, they are debunked. That doesn’t mean mistakes are okay, but bad info won’t linger for long. Furthermore, errors in reporting happened well before the days of social media.

Most every journalist on Twitter retweets credible news outlets without personally checking the information. I attribute reports by naming the outlet and/or including a link. If I suspect there’s a problem with the information, I will say it’s not confirmed or simply not pass it along. Andy Carvin at NPR has made a career out of crowdsourcing information he has not verified on Twitter. This is the nature of Twitter – sharing and finding information.

Let’s face it – journalists aggregate all day long, whether they’re on Twitter or not. Every newsroom in town uses Associated Press wires, national networks and CNN. We cite reports from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. We also see work from local competitors, verify it and report it as our own. Twitter makes this process much more transparent, warts and all.


– We tend to think jobs go overseas because of wages. A devastating piece in the New York Times on Apple suggests that’s simply not true. IPhones are made in Asia because of skilled workers, flexible factories and access to supply lines.

– People hate touch keyboards. iPhone-lovers tell you they can type just as fast, but studies show that’s not true. All Things Digital has a great look at how engineers are trying to create the perfect modern keyboard.

– Cell phones only last about a year, but most of us can’t get an upgrade for two years. There’s a movement to rethink those contracts and lease phones instead of buy.


– The Democrat and Chronicle calls on Kodak CEO Antonio Perez to talk to the media.

– Kodak used to be a sports marketing giant.

3 Responses to Don’t Blame Twitter

  1. January 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm James Simons responds:

    In regards to the NYT’s Apple piece, this is the most sickening part for me:

    “Apple had redesigned the iPhone’s screen at the last minute, forcing an assembly line overhaul. New screens began arriving at the plant near midnight.

    A foreman immediately roused 8,000 workers inside the company’s dormitories, according to the executive. Each employee was given a biscuit and a cup of tea, guided to a workstation and within half an hour started a 12-hour shift fitting glass screens into beveled frames. Within 96 hours, the plant was producing over 10,000 iPhones a day.”

    So basically, why keep jobs in the US where employees are treated like humans and given a chance to live productive lives when you can have well-trained indentured servants at your beck and call overseas?

  2. For Apple article, there is no consideration for the workers who must live in barracks maintained by the company and given tea and biscuits for a meal. Scary way to use people. Seems like the way we treated the Chinese on the Railroad years ago. Humans can only do that for so long until they begin wanting something else for their lives. Sad, shocking and scary that Apple decided to treat people like that.

  3. As for Twitter, when I want to know something fast, I turn to Twitter. I guess it definitely can get some things wrong but often it is right too. Time always tells.

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