Week 9 Blog

I think the most important rule in terms of what rules govern a reporter’s use of good material discovered on a social media website is to make sure the source is credible.

For example, when I write my blogs I know which reporters to look for in order to determine what news is most reliable. Most of the time people will know who to trust and what outlets to trust based on prior knowledge. For myself, I know to trust Ian Rapoport because he has long been identified as the one of the best NFL insiders to provide breaking and factual news. Also, it helps to know who is verified and who is not verified online when determining sources.

To me, there’s no harm in “friending” a source to receive additional information from them. I follow many reporters and outlets that I get my news from on Twitter. However, the relationship should be strictly professional unless certain circumstances (family, life-long friends, etc..) come into play. As always, the information you take from that source should always be credited. With that, there shouldn’t be a limit as to how often you use the source as long as you do so correctly.

In my own experiences there are, however, rules regarding publishing material obtained from social media. I can’t just use anyone’s tweet to plug into my article for video, photos, stats, etc.. FanSided requires me to use verified and/or original material that was posted online. That way I am able to give credit to the source (person or outlet) while doing so with credibility by not posting a tweet from a third party.

One thought on “Week 9 Blog”

  1. Adam thanks so much for putting yourself into the scenario. Part of my goal for this blog was not only to keep conversations going beyond our three hours, once-a-week in class, but for you to realize how ethics is going to play a direct role in your professional lives – EVERY DAY. If you were working with me here in the newsroom and writing along-side me (as I’ve done with my interns/job shadowers), one of my first lessons is: ATTRIBUTE ATTRIBUTE ATTRIBUTE! Whether we speak to someone in person, over the phone or through Facebook or other form of social media, we maintain our own crucial credibility by attributing and checking our sources. Even if we’re getting our information from a reliable source, mistakes happen and we still need to fact check, as mentioned earlier in this course. And whether you leave U.C. and become that professional blogger or decide to further your education, properly citing your sources is going to be your way of life, whether you’re writing about the AL championship or writing an academic paper for your graduate program on Sir Edmund Spencer’s “The Faerie Queen” (EHHHHH!!!!!! Help me!) Thanks for showing us how this will all one day come into play in our lives.


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