Case Study: Facebook Conundrum: The New Haven Independent and the Annie Le Murder


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Kirsten Lundberg
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CSJ-10-0030.0 This case asks what rules exist on the use of social media in reporting news stories. In September 2009, the New Haven Independent—a recent, online, local news website—finds itself beating the national competition on the shocking story of the murder of Annie Le, a Yale University graduate student. But should its reporter use information she acquired on a Facebook site? Are social media public, or private? What is the responsible course of action?