Monday, January 24, 2011

Reflections on Articles (Sean Phua Aik Han)

1. Based on your understanding of facts and opinions, why do you think this important to reporters/ journalists in the world of online journalism?
I think that it is important as reporters/journalists that use online journalism have the power of immediacy in their hands. Due to this convenience, they might just publish a post without thoroughly checking on the information that they have included in their report. This in turn might cause the article to be giving false information and if the article is archived, a lot of people looking for accurate information might mistake the information given to be true. This would be detrimental as many people might have used the information in the article. Using online journalism to publish big stories might also anger rival news crews as they might have been waiting to use the article as their "big story" for their newspaper.

2. How could the limitations explored in one of the articles be controlled?
Limitations can be controlled by using credible news websites with accurate information. The publisher should also discuss with his team/colleagues whether to post the story online or not as posting the story might sometimes enrage audiences.

3. What are some responsibilities of discerning readers?
The readers should make sure that the website is credible before using information from the site. They should also try to cross-reference the information that they have found with other reputable websites to ensure that the information provided by the website is actually accurate and not a phony one. This would result in less misinformation and confusion.

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