The Dangers Of Clickbait

It’s very difficult trying to teach traditional journalism in a modern world. Shortcuts, social media and search engines let this generation’s up-and-coming journalists forget about ethics and the art of story telling

Don’t be worried about getting it first. Be worried about getting it right.

Because in this age, there is no getting it first. You’ve already been beaten to the punch. Someone on Twitter typed two sentences and they want credit for breaking a story. There is no reward for speed. Yet their are penalties for being misleading and wrong.

So if you’re on a site, clicked on a headline that was not accurately reflected in the article, you’ve been Clickbaited. Check out the BBC’s story on the topic, and how it is an extremely dangerous business model.

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