Using Social Media for Quotes in News Stories
The Los Angeles Times recently ran a story about criticism of Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who attended a lavish event wearing a white gown with “Tax the Rich” written in bold, red letters on the back.
The story partially relies on quotes taken from Twitter and Instagram accounts.
The Shop Talk panelists discuss what they think of journalists pulling quotes from social media rather than interviewing sources for stories.
Shop Talk is a weekly panel discussion about journalism issues. This week’s program featured Will Buss, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University and advises the student editors at the Western Courier, the students at student radio station The Dog, and the WIU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists; Rajvee Subramanian, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University; and TSPR News Director Rich Egger.