AUDIO EXTRA: Reporting On The Connecticut School Shooting
Bob talks with social-media journalist Jeff Jarvis
Friday, December 14, 2012 - 05:17 PM
How a rush to judgement and mistaken identity has played a significant role in the reporting of the Connecticut shooting.
On Friday, amid the horror Newtown, Connecticut, an unnamed law-enforcement source -- speaking unofficially -- identified the shooter as Ryan Lanza. Thereupon, in newsrooms and dorm rooms and kitchen tables everywhere, Googlers googled Ryan Lanza. And some people reported on what they found but what had not yet been confirmed.
Jeff Jarvis, noted social-media journalist and director and professor at the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at City University of New York, located the Twitter feed of someone named Ryan Lanza and found some dark, foreboding messages. This young man felt alienated and desperate. He wished for the whole world to come to an end. And so Jarvis himself Tweeted about the eerie clues embedded in the 140-character despondency.
Only, of course, once again, these were not the Tweets of a killer. Bob spoke with Jeff Jarvis about the mistake.