How Twitter has changed coverage of MMA
MMA fans have embraced the social media platform in huge numbers and the result has been a huge shift in how news is disseminated. Not just what kind of news, but who is bringing it to you.
But Snowden also offers a warning, before detailing a case where someone jumped to a conclusion at tweeted a false accusation:
Sometimes the lawlessness of the Internet gets the best of these Twitter stars. They don’t have the fact-checking obligations of their professional peers. Their relative lack of financial resources essentially frees them from worrying about a defamation suit. These two things combined open the door for some truly reckless reporting.
On that note, here’s a review of some of our coverage of Twitter and its issues as a reporting tool:
- Verifying sources: A primer and checklist
- Verifying stories on social media: A reading list from Poynter
- Verifying news from social media: Good advice from the #ows beat
- Spreading rumors on Twitter: It’s not the same as office gossip
- Twitter guide for B/R writers: What you should and shouldn’t do
- Let HuffPost, CNN, Mediaite’s Twitter mistake be a warning