[Monday update: I’ve had some responses now. Read down to comments, EM]
I’ve written some critical comments recently about the news media’s coverage of the Napier siege situation that ended yesterday with the death of Jan Molenaar.
Now, I’ve decided to do a small experiment using Twitter. I’m seeking comments from people who were close to the action, I’d like to know what the people of Napier thinks of the media’s handling of the siege coverage.
Yesterday evening I tweeted using the # symbol, which signals to Twitter that you’re looking for a particular topic:
#Napier questions that I tweeted last night:
#Napier did the media do a good job? Was it facts v. rumour or were you well informed about the siege and Jan Molenaar’s history or motives?
#Napier, if you have a story about the news media’s presence in Napier this week, tweet me or email: ethicalmartiniATgmail.com
So far, I’ve had two responses:
[Kelly] @ethicalmartini media did a *terrible* job re #napier hill tragedy. first night NO info for residents, so MUCH misinformation & gossip
[fushnchups] @ethicalmartini Quite a lot of rumour was reported from “un-named sources”, see stuff.co.nz reporting the gunman’s death about 18hrs ahead.
I need a bit more evidence and more responses to make this work.