Rolling Stone and Columbia Journalism Review have both published Columbia Journalism School’s mammoth review of the failures that produced “A Rape On Campus,” the magazine’s deeply flawed article.
Poynter has reached out to several leaders in the journalism community to get their take on the report’s findings, and we’ll update this article as we hear back from them.
Society of Professional Journalists:
“SPJ commends the work of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in dissecting a controversial story, “A Rape on Campus,” by Sabrina Rubin Erdely for Rolling Stone, of an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house.
Released tonight, the report details numerous failings by Rolling Stone’s reporting and editorial team, leading to a story that was largely unverified and contained gaps in credibility that ultimately detracted from the real issue – the negative stigma and culture surrounding reporting sexual assaults on campuses across the country.
‘Basic yet critical fundamentals of journalism seem to have gotten lost in the pursuit of a story that fits a reporter’s predetermined narrative or angle,’ said Dana Neuts, SPJ president.”
Craig Silverman, founder of Emergent.info, Poynter adjunct faculty member:
“Rolling Stone published a story that will live in journalistic infamy. Its response is to do absolutely nothing to prevent it from happening again.