University of Washington monitoring media tweets

Published On November 14, 2012 | By Jill Saftel

“University cracks down on tweeting” is a familiar headline. College football and basketball coaches have made moves to eliminate their players’ tweeting when inappropriate or controversial tweets put programs under scrutiny.

I wasn’t surprised to see the headline, “Huskies cracking down on tweeting,” on Yardbarker. The shocking piece here is that it’s not their own athletes the University of Washington is cracking down on, its members of the media.

According to the report, Tacoma News Tribune reporter and contributor Todd Dybas was reprimanded by the university for tweeting too much during a live event. The university apparently has a policy which allows credentialed media to send no more than 20 tweets during a basketball game. Not only is the University of Washington monitoring tweets, they’re counting them.

The university “reserves all actions against Credential Holder, including but not limited to the revocation of the credential. UW and its designated personnel shall be the final authority on whether a Credential Holder or Credential Entity is following the Live Coverage Policy.”

It’s understandable that the university wants to protect their name, brand, and reputation, but it doesn’t seem like live tweets from a basketball game are a threat to any of those.


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Jill studies journalism at Northeastern University, covers Hockey East for College Hockey News and is the sports editor for The Huntington News. You can follow her on Twitter at @jillsaftel, just don't ask her to choose between hockey and baseball, it's impossible.