To all my blogger friends, I would love to hear opinions on whether it is more responsible for us to be right vs. first when reporting information. Is speculation okay? Is it useful?
As content becomes more and more valuable and as we each try to increase awareness of our blogs, build our following, and increase traffic, how important is it to ensure that our facts are correct before we hit the “Publish” button? If I just spout out statements like “Facebook announces that it’s going to buy Twitter” or “Apple is discontinuing the iPad 1 due to iOS 5 crashes”, I might generate a bunch of SEO traffic and boost my readership, but what value did I actually provide to my readers by publishing unsupported facts?
Normally, I would just post this question on Twitter (and I will), but I thought the dialog might be more engaging if we leveraged blog comments. I’d love to hear your feedback on whether you’d rather be first or right when breaking news on your blog.
To add to this, do journalistic tenets of ethics, source validation, etc… apply to blogging? Merriam-Webster defines journalism as:
Definition of JOURNALISM
(source: Merriam-Webster definition of Journalism at http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/journalism, accessed 02/11/2012)
If you read that definition literally, blogging doesn’t fall within that definition. It could be argued that blogs are becoming the modern equivalent of newspapers and magazines, but are usually slanted more toward the editorial views. So, can we just apply the same tenets of journalism to blogging?