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By: Lauren Kassien
Reuters announced Friday that will no longer allow readers to comment on news stories. In an editor’s note, Executive Editor Dan Colarusso says the agency’s decision stems from the fact that social media has changed the climate of news discussion and debate. Due to the massive influx in reader response within the last few years, Reuters can no longer police all the comments its stories receive. Colarusso says this kind of colorful discussion stems from social media—and that’s where those comments should stay.
By: Claudia Williams
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On the evening of November 3, a woman by the name of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither was abducted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the whole thing was caught on film by a surveillance camera on a nearby building. The video shows Freeland being grabbed by a man and forced into his vehicle against her will, all while another car pulled up, watched the whole thing, and left without a word. The media source YouTube
and the Philadelphia PD channel is asking for the public’s help in identifying the unknown car, as well as the suspect involved in the actual abduction.
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Wondering if the news is becoming too interactive may seem like an odd thought, but think about where you get your news on a daily basis. Do you see an article on Facebook and click to check out the link, or do you read the comments first and grasp the concept of the news from there? When scrolling through your Twitter feed, do you click the actual article or do you just look at the heading and responses?
With the world becoming more technologically advanced, news sources are taking to popular social media sites to get their information out there first. Although this is a good strategy and handy for those constantly on the go, news is easily twisted through reader’s responses. With the click of the “comment” button, anything can be posted. I believe this not only contorts the story, but it also sparks instant controversy, which can lead to other irrelevant discussions.
The recent Miss America pageant caused just that. On Sunday night, Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America, but shortly after her crowning, the internet started blowing up with articles bashing her talent act. The free reign of people being able to post whatever they want on the internet turned the focus from her winning the crown to making fun of her talent. Continue reading
By: Courtney Fishman
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Although it’s only September 9, the pumpkin spice craze is already in full swing. With Starbucks releasing their signature fall drink over a month earlier than its usual release, pumpkin spice merchandise is returning to coffee shops and maybe even convenient stores.
Yesterday, The Washington Post shot down rumors from Twitter that Durex would release a pumpkin spice condom. The idea of this flavored condom might be a strange one, but even stranger is the fact that The Washington Post is reporting about it.
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By: Linley Sanders
A new study suggests that by following certain tips, journalists are able to dramatically reduce the number of suicides, specifically cluster suicides, that take place in a community. According to an article reported by Poynter and The Daily Beast, there are facts that support the idea that detailed reporting about suicides was likely to result in a chain reaction. As the study explains:
It’s not just that the suicides in a cluster were written about more often—the type of coverage was significant. The first suicide in a cluster was more likely to be printed on the front page of a newspaper and more likely to include photos, while the headlines more often contained the word ‘suicide’. The coverage was also more likely to detail the specific suicide method, and was classified as “sensational” or tabloid-like. Suicide notes were also mentioned more frequently.
Basically, newspaper reports that detailed suicides were said to cause copycat suicides more frequently than when reports were less graphic or detailed.