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Social media and journalism

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 2, 2012 9:02 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Friday, February 3:

Legendary former Penn State football Coach Joe Paterno died Sunday morning, January 22 from lung cancer.  The tributes to Paterno culminated with a memorial service witnessed by 12,000 at the Bryce Jordan Center on the Penn State campus and millions more on television last Thursday.

The death of college football's winningest coach and one of the university's biggest benefactors arguably received as much media coverage as the passing of a head of state would.

For obvious reasons, Paterno's death overshadowed inaccurate media reports from the night before saying that Paterno had died.

It all started with a Twitter report that Paterno had died from the student run organization Onward State.  That story was picked up, without attribution, by CBS Sports.  Other reputable news organizations then ran with it.  Websites, Twitter and Facebook were dominated with news that Paterno was dead.  Less than an hour after the reports began, the Paterno family released a statement denying the reports.

On Friday's Radio Smart Talk, we'll use the premature reports of Joe Paterno's death as the starting point for our conversations on social media and journalism.


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