Rolling Stone’s Sensational Failure

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What went wrong in Rolling Stone’s feature on rape at the University of Virginia? Many things, Columbia’s journalism school reports in its post-mortem, a valuable document focused on journalistic steps that would’ve prevented the errors.

Press critic Jay Rosen has a sharp addendum to that report, focusing on how a debacle of this magnitude could’ve happened. The most consequential decision that the magazine made was “to settle on a narrative and go in search of the story that would work just right,” he argues, citing several pieces of evidence for his thesis.

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