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Thursday, November 2, 2017
Students and live news: Tips to avoiding kryptonite

Journalism Education Toolbox

By Pat Sanders

Social media has changed not only the face of journalism. It has changed the entire standard for what is news and, in particular, what is considered “breaking news.”

With a 24-hour news hole to fill, 365 days a year, even professional reporters have been tripped up while trying to beat the next 24-hour news cycler to the punch. This is especially true in cable news. To make matters worse, the advent of the ability to go live from social media platforms has placed even more strain on publishing first and live.

These technological developments have become kryptonite to journalists in the making. Anyone familiar with Superman knows the compound makes him fallible, weak and vulnerable to major mistakes. The ability for young journalists to go live with a simple touch of a button can have a similar effect, raising the stress level of college professors trying to impart that live news — even while breaking — must be truthful and factual.

So, how does one teach students to hold onto the tenets of great journalism when they have the ability to publish information to the world in a matter of nanoseconds?

Here are a few tips for educators and students:

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