Ask any of my students who paid even the vaguest attention to anything we discussed in class what I think of Wikipedia as a news source and you’ll hear the same thing:
Said while eyes roll:
“Pam insists we should think of Wikipedia as a creepy guy whispering you a news tip in a dark parking garage. It could be amazing. It could be crap. Either way, you have to check it out and corroborate it with respectable sources. Or else.”
That was before this:
I was Googling myself recently when I came upon an astonishing find: I’m in Wikipedia!!!!! I have no idea how this happened. Believe me, if I’d written it myself it would be about 25,000 words complete with my wedding photos because well, I was GORGEOUS!!!! at my wedding. I’m terribly tempted to edit it but I don’t know how and it seems pathetic somehow. Do people do that? Edit their own entries? It made me feel so famous and popular to know that somebody thought my little life and career merited a Wikipedia entry.
Is it correct? For what it says, yes. It’s missing huge sections of my life, like the last 10 years and most of the newspapers I’ve worked for and the places I’ve taught, but hey, let’s not be too harsh. Wikipedia is obviously an incredibly important source of information chronicling the real movers and shakers and, you know, the popular kids!!!!!! Anybody who is ANYBODY is in there.
Seriously, does anybody know how I get my wedding photo on there???
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
|Occupation||Journalist; instructor in journalism|
|Notable credit(s)||The New York Times, The Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune|
Pamela Cytrynbaum (born 1966) is an American journalist and instructor in journalism. She is currently on the staff of Northwestern University‘s Medill School of Journalism, of which she is a 1988 alumna.
She began teaching at the University of Oregon in 1997.
Cytrynbaum is married with children.