While Sooners were anxiously waiting to hear whether campus would be closed because of winter weather Sunday evening, this tweet began circulating social media:
OU ALERT: Due to the weather and dangerous travel conditions, the OU Norman campus will be closed tomorrow and tomorrow evening (Monday).— OU Sooners (@UofOklahoma) March 2, 2014
Our online editor saw the tweet and was rushed to get the information out on social media before verifying that an actual alert had been sent - or that the tweet wasn't eight months old.
We deleted the tweet and posted a correction less than a minute after the original tweet was sent. But needless to say, it was enough to disappoint a lot of people when they found out that campus had not actually been closed.
We do apologize to everyone who got their hopes up as a result of our sloppy and rushed reporting, and we hope it serves as some consolation to know that this has served as an important lesson and reminder for us to not rush to get the news out before carefully verifying the information.
And if you want to just channel your anger about school not being closed tomorrow toward us, we fully accept that burden.
Arianna Pickard is an online journalism senior who currently serves as online editor for The Daily. Arianna previously worked as The Daily's continuous news editor, campus news editor and a campus reporter.