How Did Journalists React to Columbia Review of Rolling Stone Story?


After the Columbia Journalism Review released its scathing report on what went wrong with Rolling Stone magazine’s retracted story about a University of Virginia student who claimed she had been gang-raped, journalists had their say on Twitter and elsewhere about the ramifications for not only Rolling Stone, but for the journalism industry as a whole.

According to Columbia’s review, the retracted story amounted to a “journalistic failure that was avoidable.” University of Virignia President Teresa A. Sullivan said the story “did nothing to combat sexual violence, and it damaged serious efforts to address the issue.”

Mediaite columnist Joe Concha has opined extensively on the topic since the original retraction, and media reporters broke down every aspect of Columbia’s report. Washington Post media writer Erik Wemple credited Rolling Stone with transparency, but said the magazine “understands how many reputations it has trashed.” In addition, Poynter gathered reactions from influential journalism scholars and groups.

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Here’s a sampling of some other notable reactions, including many who were shocked that Rolling Stone did not decide to fire the story’s author, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, or anyone else involved in the blunder:

We will add more reactions as they come in.

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