Lesson for journalists: Falsifying tweets isn’t wise

While journalism students are being trained for the repercussions of social media in classrooms, journalists in the real world are learning lessons the hard way. Mike Wise, a sports reporter for The Washington Post, was suspended for a month for advertising false information on his Twitter account. The Washington Post announced Wise had tweeted a false story on Monday that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would only be suspended for five games instead of six. Wise made his point that news spreads quickly, as the Washington Post took action the same day for the embarrassment the tweet has caused. “Wise wasn’t reporting. He was fabricating, which is the greatest sin in journalism,” wrote The Washington Post

http://www.editorsweblog.org/newsrooms_and_journalism/2010/09/lesson_for_journalists_falsifying_tweets.php#more

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