💩 Nope. I will NOT retweet celebrity journalists with huge platforms that link to scoops and breaking news without giving credit to the journalists that actually did the work.

Also, I have no interest in their quote tweets with derivative “analysis”
It’s shameful how these celebrity journalists w/ hundreds of thousands of followers (or more) go out of their way to:
🔸 follow the link to the story
🔸 copy + paste the URL into a new tweet
🔸 string a few words together and post

Why not just R/T? Why not @ those on the byline?
1/ To be clear: I’m not asking anyone to avoid, or to cancel the folks involved. There’s really just a few of them, and they know who they are…and so do their professional peers and colleagues (some of whom follow me)
2/ The reason I’m raising this issue now is b/c it’s gotten out of hand in recent weeks. Meanwhile, we’ve got local, state, and regional news outlets getting squeezed financially.

If we’re serious about a free press, then we must be proactive in its defense.
3/ Being proactive means subscribing to paid content *and* recognizing that ad sales are a necessary evil.

Every time celebrity journalists fail to attribute breaking news and scoops, they are preempt impressions of ads that would have generated revenue for the source outlet.
4/ If the source outlet can’t make ends meet, they end up laying off staff — their peers ultimately pay the price. But that’s not all, if they’re not allowing their peers to build their own audience, it makes it harder for them to find a new job.
5/ Taken together, we end up with a situation where the rich get richer, while those doing the work are forced to do more with less…until they go out of business.

This isn’t a hypothetical, this is happening *right now*

src: @pewjournalism
u: journalism.org/fact-sheet/new…
6/ Same thing is happening to broadcast media, where market consolidation has led us dangerously close to an oligopoly in local news.

h/t @alv9n
src: @voxdotcom
u: apps.voxmedia.com/at/vox-tribine…

7/ All that to say: there are *many* reasons why it’s important to give credit where credit is due.
Addendum: The reason why copying and pasting the URL is harmful (instead of a retweet or a *thoughtful* quote tweet) is b/c it strips away the metadata that is used by content publishers to measure impact of an article (and its authors)— by artificially ⬇️ key performance metrics

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Footage of the crowd outside by @sandibachom (follow her):

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Footage by @sandibachom
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defense.gov/Explore/News/A… ImageImage
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H/T @DemFromCT

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s: @CodersCovid
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