Cupcake with feeling: Getting quotes and taking names

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KATU news team interviews Angelica of Fat Cupcake. Photo CC BY, Pete Forsyth.

The news ain’t what it used to be…a recent story that ran in multiple Portland, Oregon news outlets took a single, anonymous Yelp comment as evidence of a “controversy.” Fortunately, I got to be at the bakery the story covered when a TV news team came in to…actually interview to sources.

Angelica, owner of Fat Cupcake, poses with me and her "controversial" cupcake. Photo by KATU news anchor, at Pete's request.

Angelica, owner of Fat Cupcake, poses with me and her “controversial” cupcake. Photo by KATU news anchor, at Pete’s request, CC BY.

This story reminds me of how Wikipedia is often covered: two random people disagreeing over something in a Wikipedia article might be presented as an “edit war” or a “something-gate.” As the way we communicate evolves, it’s taking traditional media a while to catch up.

See my full writeup on Medium.

About Pete Forsyth

Pete Forsyth is the principal of Wiki Strategies, and a Wikipedia expert. Full bio here: wikistrategies.net/pete-forsyth
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