Journalists who took a tweet too far

20 Aug

By Sophie Lane

Mosts journalists these days know twitter is a go-to goldmine for networking and investigating, but it can also hinder hard-earned successes. These journalists famously typed one character too many and found themselves jobless due their troublesome tweets. Perhaps it’s Twitter’s friendly interface that makes it easy to forget you’re publishing those thoughts the world, or maybe that journalistic integrity happened to be on vacation?

Catherine Deveny @CatherineDeveny
Deveny was sacked from her position as columnist for The Age in 2010 for tweeting defamatory comments about celebrities during an awards ceremony at Melbourne’s Crown Casino. One of her last lines included “I do so hope Bindi Irwin gets laid”.

“We are appreciative of the columns Catherine has written for The Age over several years but the views she has expressed recently on Twitter are not in keeping with the standards we set at The Age,” The Age’s editor-In-chief at the time, Paul Ramadge said at the time.

Jill Singer @snooplady

Singer’s 15 year stint as columnist at The Herald Sun ended abruptly in March of this year after the journalist received a letter from the newspaper stating that her column was no longer needed. Many attribute the sudden-sack to fiery tweet arguments Singer had with Herald Sun cooworker Andrew Bolt.

Gavin Miller @gavdanmiller (account no longer active)

Gavin Miller was originally hired for Perth 96FM‘s ‘Classic Cafe’ show as a replacement for announcer Steve Fitton, who had been fired for breaching the radio station’s media policy. Miller however, followed in his predecessor’s footsteps and got fired himself for publicly shaming head of the Australian Christian Lobby, Jim Wallace via Twitter. “Turd” was the lightest of terms used, with others too offensive for publication.

Who else has taken to twitter and lived to regret their actions? Let us know!



2 Responses to “Journalists who took a tweet too far”

  1. EnGy August 20, 2012 at 5:13 am #

    “Mosts journalists these days know twitter is a go-to goldmine for networking and investigating,”

    Yes, well that’s the problem isn’t it.


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