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VPEC-T on news reporting


To the media owners

sell something to readers, paper subscription, web subscription

Sell to advertisers, Advertising space, demographic information, tracking readers' interests

To the journalists and editors


Job satisfaction

Fame, later perhaps notoriety

To the supporting staff


Job satisfaction

To the reader

Entertainment, or at least distraction, Where can I go tonight, What do I want that I didn't know I wanted

Information, Matters of public concern, What's happening, Where can I buy X, Lifestyle, Medical, Educational

To those in the news

Publicity, For their commercial activities, For their cause, May damage them, Exascerbated by


Used to be

"At least two reliable sources before publication"

"Don't copy without attribution or we'll get sued"


Some follow old policies

Question whether most do, Explosion in number of news sources, Makes it impractical to track all copied material and copiers, Copiers often not concerned about quality of source, Copiers may quote out of context and distort, If original source releases a retraction, copier most unlikely to copy that (or even know), Search engines changed the game, Some news organizations threatening action to attempt to change at least this part back, SEs give only brief summary and link to source


The bread and butter of news reporting

even if they didn't happen

or did not happen as reported

World or local events

publish a story

may lead to a cascade of republishing without reward to the original publisher


Write it

re-edit for quality

speed first

Copy it

with attribution

with permission


Link to it

Report someone else's item

Make it up

Re-cycle it

Verify it

or not

Publish it

Print, Bleeding readers and subscribers fast

Radio, 'rebroadcast' as podcasts

TV, Bleeding viewers

Web, Pages, embedded video, RSS, Social media, Twitter, eyewitnesses may be ahead of news media, How to verify?, Sockpuppets pushing or making up stories, Stand alone podcasts


Subscribe, Push, RSS

Search, Pull


Reader: Is news from this source usually reliable?

Yes: I trust it

No: forget it

No: But it's entertaining so I'll read it anyway

Journalists and editors: Is news from this source usually reliable?

Yes: I trust it

No: forget it

No: But it's entertaining so we'll publish anyway


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