Westminster attack: journalists need to beware the fog of breaking news

24 March 2017

Channel 4 News has learned a hard lesson in the wake of the Westminster terror attack. It had to apologise – and pull a repeat of its news programme – after wrongly naming a man still in prison as the terrorist. It wasn’t alone – a handful of other international news organisations jumped to the wrong conclusion too.

Mistakes happen. But in the age of “fake news” and plummeting trust in the media it’s a serious error.

Read the full article on The Conversation.

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Richard Sambrook, 2017, Westminster attack: journalists need to beware the fog of breaking news, The Conversation, viewed 24 April 2017, <http://apo.org.au/node/74774>.

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