On sources

I suppose my time at journalism school (so far) has made me more of a stickler for ‘What makes a good news story’, at least when it comes to the topics of my own interest.

I do read and enjoy The Daily Dot, but every once in a while, I can’t help but tell them that they’re doing it wrong…

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You can actually click on this image, it’ll take you to the article.

Why the hell would I even go out of my way to tell their twitter account (which is possible they don’t even read) that their story could have been better? It’s all because of the source:

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How exactly could this tweet be the final straw? Do we know his tone when he punched those numbers into his tweety box? How often does he pester Marvel for Black Widow toys?

The least this person could have done was ask follow up questions with Ruffalo before speculation and fluffing the articles for 100 or so more words. Is it too much to ask for ‘journalism for the internet age’ to actually be journalism?

It breaks my heart a bit to see things like this now that I’m fully aware of them. Daily dot should be above writing these grumpy articles for the sake of it, and just report on it. Ask the questions, get the story. Don’t read  a tweet and then create your own narrative.


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