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Twitter Broke ‘Gay Target’ Stabbing…But Got the Facts Wrong

 

Isn’t recent winner of the SPJ’s Journalist of the Year, Andrew Blankstein working enough? Does he really need to be vlogging from the newsroom too?

The interesting thing about this video is it depicts a real journalist, a staff writer at a major metro and how they incorporate new technologies as new tools instead of crawling into a ball and crying softly at being obsolete. Point is: even with tons on witnesses on the scene with their own platform, we still need professionals to sort through the sludge and tell what happened.

Oh and what other Target has TONS of Twitterers and off-duty sheriff wandering around in the middle of the afternoon? Only the one in WeHo.

Pew Study: Digital News Outlets Offer Mostly Commentary Not ‘New Information’

Well, apparently the stereotype of bloggers as pajama-clad parrots is now supported by research.

NYT reports:

There are more places to go for local news but less news to find there, and the great majority of actual reporting still comes from newspapers, according to a study of the Baltimore area that is scheduled to be released on Monday.

Looking at six major story lines that developed over one week last July, 83 percent of the reports in local news media “were essentially repetitive, conveying no new information,” said the study, by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, an arm of the Pew Research Center.

For the record, we were just going to post the findings about digital news outlets not adding anything but then we decided to buck the trend and call an actual news finder: LAT reporter, old school gumshoe journo Andrew Blankstein. He tells FBLA,”Even in an era of rapid technological advancement it shows that old fashion reporting is still vital.” He added, “It also shows the astonishing growth of the re-reporting industrial complex.”

Nice turn of phrase, dude.

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LAT Andrew Blankstein was on again and this time making an appearance was TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman.

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The reports of Andrew Blankstein hiking on the Appalachian Trail are false. There has been a confirmed sighting of him on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Again, LA Times reporter Andrew Blankstein has been located. We will keep you updated with any further developments on the case.

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Huffpo Questions LAT’s Journalistic Integrity for Publishing Rihanna’s Name as an Assault Victim – Then Publishes Photo of Her as an Assault Victim

huffporian.jpgMedia Editor at Huffington Post Danny Shea called LAT staffer Andrew Blankstein out by name questioning the ethics (stating that other publications ‘wouldn’t go there’) of naming an assault victim. Namely singer Rihanna – allegedly beat up by her boyfriend Chris Brown.

The whole saga is here.

So because Huffington Post is a stalwart of journalistic principles today they published the photo of Rihanna’s injuries. Then they took it down and just linked to the leaked photo.

When asked about why they came down so hard on the LAT for something they’re clearly guilty of too, Shea told FBLA,”We didn’t give the LA Times a hard time. We just presented the facts. We didn’t make any judgments.”

Uh huh.

Neither do we.

Previous stuff on the case. And here.

Octo-Mom Parody Hits YouTube

We told you Nadya Suleman was the new Sarah Palin.

This is Jodie Rivera. “She had complications: Childhood aspirations. That’s her explanation. Pops ‘em out like a toaster! Needs a passafire holster! And a pimped out stretch stroller! She’s a food stamp high roller!”

Our thanks to LAT’s Andrew Blankstein for catching this.

FBLA Exclusive Interview With Andrew Blankstein

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Media Editor the Huffington Post, Danny Shea, taking a tip from Jossip‘s David Hauslaib, decided that naming singer Rihanna as an assault victim of Chris Brown‘s wasn’t journalistic. Wasn’t ethical? Wasn’t what they teach in the ol’ j-school. So Shea called the staffer than penned the piece Andrew Blankstein, and he actually picked up the phone.

Blankstein attempted to explain the LAT policy and said something to the effect that it’s sexual assault victims aren’t usually named to protect their privacy. This translated into a ‘look she wasn’t raped’ type quote – put succinctly in the phrase “fair game” and put in 70-point print at the top of the Media Section on Huffington Post.

As for what one learns in j-school, Blankstein said,”They teach you not to re-report other people’s stories.” And continued,”Look, I’m not an internet snob.”

As for naming the assault victim – famous and adored or not – that’s the way news is reported.

“He obviously doesn’t read the metro section.” Blankstein said of Shea.

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UPDATE: Famous Crackheads in the Pokey Again

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Yesterday Andrew Blankstein reported that Aaron Spelling‘s brother and Ryan O’Neal were arrested on drug charges, but we got a little update (which we read, um, 17 hours too late) about the case:

LAPD now says they can’t say for sure if it’s Aaron Spelling’s brother or nephew. Candy Spelling‘s publicist is saying it’s the nephew.

The LAT changed the story online. For those of you keeping score.

Famous Crackheads in the Pokey Again

ryan_oneal.jpgAndrew Blankstein has two pieces in the LAT today. One is about Ryan O’Neal and his son being arrested for suspicion of meth. The other one is about Aaron Spelling‘s brother, Daniel Spelling Jr. being arrested on an outstanding felony warrant due to his possession of cocaine.

Do you see a pattern here? We did. So we caught up with Blankstein and asked:

FBLA: Ever worry that you are becoming the Dr Drew of the LAT? The drunken celebrity disaster magnet?

AB: Let’s just say, if this was college, I would be majoring in criminal justice and minoring in celebrity justice.

We say in this town – that’s still major. Thanks Blankstein!

That Kanye Video

We thought we’d feel less dirty if we watched that Kanye West video on the LAT’s website than on TMZ. We were wrong. With all due respect to Andrew Blankstein, we feel like showing the video, rather than linking to it or just alluding to it, undermines the whole point of his story. But that’s just us. And, again, we did watch the video. Twice. (And now you can, too!)

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