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Four U.S. TV journalists fired for YouTube videos that parody news business



Just as journalists are being fired for what they post on Twitter or list-serves, now they're losing their jobs over what they post on YouTube, highlighting the difficulties of maintaining journalistic objectivity in a digital era where little remains private.

Arkansas Business is reporting that three on-air journalists and a photographer from the NBC affiliate KARK in Little Rock, Ark., were fired after they posted two profanity-filled satirical videos to YouTube that spoofed working in the newsroom.

KARK reporters Pete Thompson, Courtney Collins and Jake Hatley, and photographer Chris Jameson lost their jobs last week. Five off-air employees also were suspended for three days for their role in the videos.

"KARK has no tolerance for this type of behavior and messages that degrade and discredit our community and our employees," said KARK general manager Rick Rogala, according to the Radio Business Report.


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