Social Journalism Doesn’t Mean the Rules Don’t Apply

I follow two news outlets on Facebook and they dominate my newsfeed. The reason for that is because I interact with them regularly, I like, I click and I comment. So clearly they are doing a good job of engaging me. These are two very good media outlets: Business Insider and The New York Times.

However, this morning they both failed me. Here are the stories that were on my Facebook newsfeed.


Come on New York Times, you’re better than that! An article about texting bubbles, you have to be kidding me. I understand it’s a daily newspaper, this is a light-hearted article, it’s “fun”, but seriously?

Business Insider is worse.

BIThis actually offends me as a reader. “Tons of People” are going to the hospital in Colorado. Sounds serious, OK I’ll take the bait, I clicked. Nowhere in the 2 minute video was there any mention of statistical evidence to back up the claim that “Tons of People” are going to the hospital in Colorado. This is “link-bait”.

I understand the logic here, I really do. I clicked on the article and now I’m blogging about the article, so it worked to a certain extent. But, these outlets sell themselves as serious journalism. Just because it’s on Facebook doesn’t mean the rules of journalism go out the window.

If this is where social media is taking us, then critics might be right, we’re dumbing ourselves down. Take content that appeals to a massive audience and just put it out there. The New York Times writing articles about texting bubbles…


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