The Blogger-Journalist Divide (ft. Jasmine Simpkins)

Episode 102

27th January 2022

When Regina King’s son, Ian Alexander Jr., died from suicide last week, popular blog LoveBScott broke the news with the headline “Exclusive: Regina King’s Son, Ian Alexander Jr., Dead at 26 After Apparent Suicide”. The “story” was short on details, revealed not a single named source…and readers were quick to slam B. Scott for disrespecting […]

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When Regina King’s son, Ian Alexander Jr., died from suicide last week, popular blog LoveBScott broke the news with the headline “Exclusive: Regina King’s Son, Ian Alexander Jr., Dead at 26 After Apparent Suicide”. The “story” was short on details, revealed not a single named source…and readers were quick to slam B. Scott for disrespecting King. Tre’vell and Jarrett are joined by KTLA reporter Jasmine Simpkins to break down why this controversy is so thorny, especially for Black journalists and bloggers who cover entertainment news.

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LoveBScott’s exclusive on the death by suicide of Regina King’s son

 

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