After reading some of my classmates’ blogs on what rules govern a reporters use of solid and credible material, while being ethical at the same time, I agree with Adam and Maggie’s blogs, but have a few implications going off what they said.
First off, you want to make sure the sources you are going off of on social media are credible and are actually giving factual information. Confirm so by checking with other sources if this may be true and if others have heard the same thing. If there’s a big accusation on someone/something, then it is likely that other people have heard the same if it is true. Now touching base on what Maggie said, I believe it is very well ethical to friend request sources on social media websites if that is a way you can contact and stay in touch with a credible source. If your source was aware and informed about this and are okay with it, then I don’t see how that can’t be ethical because it is an effective way to reach out to credible people with information you can receive through only them. Some sources are more likely to open up through social media through their phones, rather than in person. The main way to govern a reporter’s use of certain material on social media is making sure it is credible by seeing if anyone else has heard of it; don’t go off on one accusation from only one source, make sure it builds up and the evidence is there showing that source is credible and then you may keep getting more from that source.
an example of reporters using social media to get information is how sports reporters post screenshots of what people post on their twitter or Instagram accounts about what players have accomplished in a game. Like when Odell Beckham jr. scores a TD and a fan tweets “Beckham jr. with a one-handed snag and scores a 50 yard td” a reporter should confirm by looking for pictures and checking sports sites like ESPN for the update. And if it turns out true, you know that source is posting credible information on their account as soon as the play takes effect.
(Example of bleacher report reporter posting screenshots of tweets) Source:
Browns’ Own Mistakes Spoiling Baker Mayfield’s Rookie Season.” Google, Google, http://www.google.com/amp/s/syndication.bleacherreport.com/amp/2802117-browns-own-mistakes-spoiling-baker-mayfields-rookie-season.amp.html.