Journalism Warning Labels: This Article Is Just A Press Release Copied & Pasted
from the who-reads-newspapers-any-more? dept
Romenesko points us to an amusing offering from a guy, Tom Scott, who noted that newspapers put warning labels on content that involves “sex, violence or strong language,” but have no such warning labels for “sloppy journalism and other questionable content.” So he made them. He’s put together a printable document of journalism warning labels (and someone else has created a US formatted version (pdf)). Some of them are pretty damn funny. Here are just a few, though you should check out the whole list:
Warning: This article is basically just a press release, copied and pasted:
Warning: This article is based on an unverified anonymous tipoff.
Warning: To meet a deadline, this article was plagiarised from another news source.
Warning: Journalist does not understand the subject they are writing about.
Warning: To ensure future interview with subject, important questions were not asked.