This Photo Isn't Real

This morning we posted a photo from the RNC that shows a “We Built This” sign underneath the national debt clock. 

Good ironic humor that. Unfortunately, as BuzzFeed points out, the photo is a fake. 

We’ve updated the original post to indicate the error. 

With 2,400 notes attached to it and counting, we’re confronted with the social media conundrum of how to reel it back in.

Craig Silverman’s one of the best thinkers around in this regard and recently wrote up some ideas at Poynter:

We will always make mistakes. The process of gathering, packaging, editing and publishing/broadcasting news is rife with opportunities for things to go wrong. Every part of the process has potential points of failure.

Preventing mistakes is of huge importance, but so too is setting the stage to correct them quickly and fully by taking advantage of the networked news environment. Doing so not only meets our obligations to the public, but can in fact build trust and help us feel better about our work as journalists. Bottom line: corrections are important.

Read through for his advice on what to do when the errors get you.

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  1. themulberrysuperhero reblogged this from futurejournalismproject
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  8. bigdaddykeith reblogged this from theandybobandy and added:
    God forbid you fact check these things.
  9. theandybobandy reblogged this from futurejournalismproject and added:
    Heh, whoops
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  11. jbildungsroman reblogged this from lynnsanity214 and added:
    i thought it looked a little fishy.
  12. lynnsanity214 reblogged this from brooklynmutt
  13. yeahiwasintheshit reblogged this from ryanhatesthis and added:
    well, it does sum up the future of journalism… so your blog is the right place for it
  14. ryanhatesthis reblogged this from firthofforth and added:
    omg ur blogs all suck loosers u shud just kill urselves lol
  15. firthofforth reblogged this from brooklynmutt and added:
    We all done goofed.
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  18. perzadook reblogged this from brooklynmutt and added:
    Bill Nye’s fault.
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