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We’ve been chatting quite a bit over the past several days about “being right vs. being first.”  Seems the Associated Press has been talking about it, too.

Jim Romensko’s blog has two memos sent to the AP staffers in response to some of the “missteps.”

How important do you think it is to be first, even if that means not getting everything right?

Abbie S. Fink
Abbie S. Fink
Vice President/General Manager Abbie has been doing public relations her whole life…from organizing a picket line in 6th grade to organizing client communications today. She’s passionate about a lot of things, you’ll see. Check out Abbie's full bio


  1. It seems in this 140-character world we live in, we’ve forgotten basic fact-checking. Tough to know what is right, especially from what we have come to expect as reliable news sources.

  2. To remain reliable you must be reliable. Being right has always been more important among the viewers/readers. It is the media that competes for first. In today’s environment where everyone is a reporter we rely on certain brands for the truth. To keep us relying on your brand deliver truth.

  3. When one media outlet cites another media outlet for confirmation and that initial report is wrong — we end up with a continuum of incorrect information and a prime example of lazy journalism.

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