Monday, January 24, 2011

Reflection No. 1 - Emily

1. Based on your understanding of facts and opinions, why do you think this important to reporters/ journalists in the world of online journalism?

By delivering the accurate news, it reflects the reporters'/journalists' honesty, fairness, independence and respect for the rights of others.It is important that the journalists present the correct story because for online journalism , the damage is heavier and more widespread, compared to print and broadcast media.Online journalism faces heavy advertising pressure. So, instead of the report itself, the hyperlinks and image links in online report may be the one causing the inaccuracy. However, in the end, it is still up to the journalists to make sure that his report is reliable and accurate.

2. How could the limitations explored in one of the articles be controlled?

Because of the immediacy online journalism provides, many people neglect the credibility of the news report. To control this, the journalist should check their sources before publishing the report, even if it takes a little time. In their reports , they should clearly differentiate between a fact and an opinion because in some situations , an opinion may sometimes be looked upon as fact. Another thing journalists should take note of is the censorship of their articles. They should not include in their articles opinions that are too sensitive , vulgar words should also be avoided.

3. What are some responsibilities of discerning readers?

Readers should make sure they are reading from an accurate source. If they happen to spot some errors in the report , they should contact the newspaper agency to tell them of the errors to allow them to correct to the right information before more people read the article. Readers should also stay away from sites with unreliable information and warn others to do the same. Another way to prevent the widespread of misinformation is for readers to be careful of what they are commenting under the comments section after an article. These comments are read by the public so any misinformation can be spread around very quickly and easily.

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