The New York Times reminds staff to refrain from posting opinions on social media in the wake of the Orlando shooting

In the aftermath of the Orlando shooting on Sunday, NYT standards editor Philip Corbett reminded staff to refrain from posting opinions on social media. Corbett writes in the memo to staff, “People following Times newsroom staffers online expect them to be well-informed and thoughtful. But we should leave the opinions to our colleagues on the Opinion side.” But Leah Finnegan writes that may be a disservice to its readers: “Do we expect reporters at the scene of a massacre to Tweet dispassionately? Or would we rather they be honest in their thoughts, within reason? … The idea that, in 2016, media employees should not express opinions about current events on social media is, well, bullshit.”

+ NPR was praised for including an editor’s note in its breaking news coverage of the shooting (@SashaK, Twitter) advising that some early information may turn out to be wrong, a practice that Kelly McBride says other news organizations should adopt in breaking news situations and “trains the audience to view all new information with a grain of skepticism” (Poynter)