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Digital Journalism Review
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 22 August, 2012, 6:11pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 29 August, 2012, 3:06pm

Digest: Journalists made mistakes on social media, again

As more journalists are using social tools more frequently, the risk of making mistakes on social media is getting bigger.


Ivan Zhai is the Social Media Editor at the South China Morning Post. Prior to his current position, Ivan spent 10 years working for the Guangzhou-based 21st Century World Herald and in the Post's Guangzhou bureau, covering Chinese politics, macroeconomics and online communities. In 2008, Ivan won an Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship. He shares his findings and thoughts on digital media, cognitive neuroscience and China on Twitter and Chinese microblogs as @ivanzhai.

You may still remember that two years ago, CNN fired one of its senior editors only for her improper post on Twitter.

It's not surprise that journalists make mistakes, as all human beings do. But as more journalists are using social tools more frequently, maybe the risk of making mistakes on social media, the easy-using, real-time information hub, is getting bigger.

How to avoid? The simplest tip is: think for at least 5 seconds or re-read the posts you write 3 times before clicking "Tweet" or "Post" button. Common sense or the principles of being a journalist you keep in mind might save your career.


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