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Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

April 16, 2015 at 12:50 pm

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Rolling Stone brass to undergrads: ‘Feel free to fuck up badly; you won’t get fired’

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Progressive Culture | Scholars & Rogues

Rolling Stone’s flawed story and its reaction to a critical report make teaching journalism to the ‘instant gratification’ generation even more difficult

When Rolling Stone’s editorial apparatus published Sabrina Erdely’sstory alleging a gang rape at the University of Virginia, it sent this message to journalism students everywhere:

• It’s okay to write 9,000 words and base the principal thrust of the story on only one source.
• It’s okay to take instructions from your one source to not speak to those who might undermine the source’s claims.
• It’s okay to shop for the best circumstances to write a story based on your own biased, preconceived narrative.
• It’s okay, because when the story blows up as dead wrong and leads to national and international condemnation, don’t worry: You won’t get fired, and your publication will feel no need to address the gaping holes in its “editorial…

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Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

April 6, 2015 at 8:31 pm

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