Pexton: Social Media Could Hurt Reporting

Washington Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton: “[Engagement is] using Twitter and Facebook to build a tribe or family of followers, even disciples, who will keep reading you. The potential downside here is a diminution of quality. If reporters are setting aside a portion of their days for social media, that leaves less time for thinking and traditional reporting. And if the chase in journalism becomes one for the greatest number of page views, Twitter followers and Facebook friends, instead of the great story, we all lose.”