Iterative journalism refers to the phenomenon where online writers (bloggers, some journalists) will publish first, then fact-check later and update their article with each new piece of information

This behaviour is driven by the economics of blogging where page views – the most important indicator of success – may trump the actual quality or truthfulness of the article being written.

Obviously problematic!

I enjoyed this description of the problems of iterative journalism from Trust Me, I’m Lying (by Ryan Holiday):

“What Google says when they released a product in beta is that the fundamentals are strong but the superficialities are a work in progress – aesthetics, feature additions, nagging issues.

The iterative journalism reporting model suggests the opposite – the structure, the headlines, the links, and the picture slideshows are there, but the facts are suspect.

What kind of process is that?”


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Food: mooncake, chilli peas, biscuit, coffee, noodles, tea

Workout: none

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