Immediately after Singapore Press Holdings fired a journalist for fabricating content, it’s the turn of the Wall Street Journal.
A Wall Street Journal intern has been fired after just three weeks on the job. “Many of the names contained in the article about the re-opening of the 103rd Street Pedestrian Bridge in Manhattan were fabricated by reporting intern Liane Membis, and the quotes couldn’t be independently verified,” said an editor’s note.
Wall Street Journal intern fired for fabricating sources after 3 weeks on the job: journ.us/MyYZq8 Yale reviewing alum’s stories
— Poynter (@Poynter) June 27, 2012
When I first saw the news in a tweet from Politico, I was immediately reminded of Singapore Press Holdings. It fired a content producer for its Stomp website after she posted a misleading photo. The photo of an MRT train running with a door open was found to be false, reported AsiaOne, after a big fuss over the authenticity of the picture. The producer, who claimed to have taken the photo herself, later admitted she took it from Twitter.
The SPH editor-in-chief apologised for the incident, but that has not stopped bloggers, tweeters and others from taking digs at the media organization.
I thought, why not link to the various reports, blog postings, tweets and Facebook on Storify?
Storify helps its users tell stories by curating social media. That’s what the Storify website says and that’s what it does. It’s easy to use, looks good, preserves all the links and attributions, and you can arrange the links in any sequence you like – from “breaking news” style, giving the latest news first, to chronologically, starting with what happened first. I love Storify because it adds more voices to your story — and none of the quotes are “fabricated”!
Singapore Press Holdings STOMPed
Singapore Press Holdings fired a content producer for its STOMP website after a photo of an MRT train moving with a door open was found to be false. She claimed to have taken the photo, but it was found to have been taken from Twitter. The scandal was a blow to SPH.
Storified by Abhijit · Wed, Jun 27 2012 06:28:26