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Amid swirling controversy, Rolling Stone has officially retracted its story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia. The announcement follows a report issued Sunday by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and commissioned by Rolling Stone. It found that the publication failed to conduct "basic, even routine journalistic practice" in confirming the account that source Jackie gave to contributing editor Sabrina Rubin Erdely for the story, "A Rape on Campus." "The failure encompassed reporting, editing, editorial supervision and fact-checking," the report stated. "The magazine set aside or rationalized as unnecessary essential practices of reporting that, if pursued,
- Ryan Gajewski
As a public relations practitioner, my ears pricked on Dec. 22 when Rolling Stone’s maximum leader Jann Wenner sent out this missive — right in time for Christmas break — that he was recruiting the Columbia Journalism School to review Rolling Stone’s now-infamous Nov. 19 “A Rape on Campus” story.
My first thoughts? Why would a venerated school of journalism carry the water for what could be a Wenner public relations gambit; i.e., the ol’ “independent review” that’s not really “independent” and not really a “review”? Does the Columbia J School actually have the guts to deeply examine its client »
- Ross Johnson
2 items from 2015
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