Making Sense of the Media

Why Deadspin Beat ESPN to the Manti Te'o Story

Jan 25, 2013
ABC Notre Dame

Most of us have heard the story of Notre Dame Linebacker Manti Te'0 and his girlfriend that didn't exist. She was an internet hoax.

The real story of his imaginary girlfriend wasn't told by the big sports media organizations that had helped spread the myth to begin with.

No, the bloggers at a sports website called "Deadspin" broke the news.

That doesn't really surprise Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's Sense Making Project.

"Deadspin is known as a, sort of, in your face, I'm gonna stick my finger in the eye of the big guy sports website," she said.

The Journal News

The debate over gun violence in America was re-ignited with the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December.

Shortly after the shootings, the Journal News in White Plains, N.Y., ran a story with the names and addresses of registered gun owners in the area.

The newspaper said that it felt "sharing the information about gun permits in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings."

However, the newspaper's action caused another firestorm, with one New York State senator immediately proposing to remove the names of registered gun owners from the public record -- making them available only to law enforcement.

To Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's "Sense Making" project, this is what can happen if journalists aren't careful with how they use public records.

Craig Kopp Politifact Interview

Dec 31, 2012

This is WUSF's interview with Poynter Institute's Politifact editors. It originally aired 12-12-2012.