Monday, January 24, 2011

Reflections #1 – Lim Hao Yang

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

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

What are some responsibilities of discerning readers?
      Since opinions may change with people’s perspective, reporters/ journalists have to be careful when inserting opinions and should try as best to avoid using them as they may be offensive to some. Facts, on the other hand, do not change with perspective. However, reporters/ journalists have to be careful to extract accurate information and phrase it well. 
      As a result, it is important to be able to differentiate facts from opinions, as well as collation of the information, so that the general public can come to an agreement over the published information.
      One limitation is that information may be published without verification. This way, the information presented may be offensive and inappropriate. Another would be that other news outlets may be affected as they may want to share the information through other mediums or use it as their exclusive story. This could be overcome by holding onto published information before it makes its way on the web. Only after verification and corroboration with all other news outlets should it be released to the public. Also, contents of other linked webpages could be closely monitored to provide the most up-to-date yet accurate information. 
      As discerning readers, people should check information with other trust-worthy sources before taking the information seriously.

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