Journalism Warning Labels

Journalism Warning Labels

It seems a bit strange to me that the media carefully warn about and label any content that involves sex, violence or strong language m but there's no similar labelling system for, say, sloppy journalism and other questionable content. I figured it was time to fix that, so I made some stickers. I've been putting them on copies of the free papers that I find on the London Underground. You might want to as well.

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6 Responses:

  1. dasht says:

    I do a little bit of writing for a small local that's financially on the rocks after their payroll firm defrauded them out of several years worth of payroll tax. I like the way we handle the first case:

    Sometimes we do just run with the press release. To do so, we copy and paste it and prominently label it "Press Release".

  2. pyrop says:

    If you haven't read Ioannidis's Why Most Published Research Findings Are False, you should: it explains why you so often see news reports that foo cures cancer and then, two years later, see news reports that foo doesn't actually do anything (if there's any follow-up at all).

  3. editer says:

    The phenomenon highlighted by the stickers is known nowadays as churnalism, a result of the reduction of journalism staffs and corresponding expansion of PR staffs.

  4. caprine says:

    This is excellent.

  5. daruku says:

    People sticking stickers on things to make a statement seams to be popular now...

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