In March 2014, BuzzFeed reporter Jessica Testa published an “article” comprised mainly of tweets she’d curated from a Twitter discussion that user Steenfox kicked off about sexual assault.
What Happens When A Journalist Uses Your Tweets For A Story? (Part One)
Jamie Nesbitt Golden

Yes, I remember this. I actually know @Steenfox in real life via conferences we’ve both attended and have enjoyed her amazing baking skills via the cupcakes she used to ship out via social media.

I felt her frustration as I read how this journalist had exploited Steenfox. The most telling aspect was the lack of regard of contacting potential subjects for articles that would appear on high traffic sites.

To see Steenfox clearly upset about this and then to be dragged through it again with the Poynter Institute article, which ironically is supposed to educate journalists on ethics, was foreshadowing in what now is the status quo of journalist casting a wide net on Twitter and tossing up anything that looks like it will garner website traffic for them.

It was more than familiar; I had experienced similar starting the year before and would continue to be targeted for harassment as new articles, published without context, appeared.

I also tried contacted journalists, providing them with fact-focused, verifiable information that contradicted their assertions but many simply ignored the data. With the help and support of a fellow blogger, I created a timeline of events

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