A nice look at the role of verification in narrative journalism

I always admire Steve Buttry’s analysis, and his take on the Manto Te’o hoax story is a great example of media criticism. Read this with the principle of verification in mind, and bring it into your classroom. These sorts of stories really bring the discussion to life!

The money quote:

The notion that coverage of the fake girlfriend’s death was narrative journalism is as bogus as her car crash, her leukemia, her Stanford enrollment or her death.

Love the back and forth here, and yeah, the snark…


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