INTERNATIONAL: US study reveals how journalists use net rumours

NEW YORK: Nearly one-quarter of all journalists surveyed in a US

nationwide study said they would consider reporting rumours obtained via

web chatrooms or online news groups - even without verification from an

outside source.

And two per cent admitted they have used web chat and other online

forums as a primary source for a news story.

These are just two of the more surprising findings from a study released

last week by Middleberg Euro RSCG and Columbia University Graduate

School of Journalism associate professor Steve Ross, which surveyed more

than 4,000 print and broadcast journalists about their online


'Because of budgetary and time constraints today, it's obvious that

journalistic standards have lessened from the days of jumping through

hoops to verify information with multiple sources,' said Middleberg

chairman and CEO Don Middleberg, who has conducted the survey every year

since 1995.

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