Fact + Fiction= Journalism?

Even though Journalism is defined by “gathering, processing, and dissemination of news, and information related to news, to an audience” is it actually true? Yes and No! When you read something now a days it could be a false statement or something that is actually a fact. With the media they are starting to crack down on the sources that are not reality. An example of how media has changed and benefited others with facts is Wikipedia. Wikipedia a few years ago was a site anyone could post on with no background of the info on the page making it an uncredited source, but in recent years they fixed the loop holes making any posts fact checked before being published. News being mainly digitally now means everyone is posting stuff and becoming journalists. In the article, Kovach and Rosenstiel discuss how two well known news papers such as the New York Times and the Washington Post quoted the same guy but both had a different quote than the other. Even though one word changed the whole quote, it changes the whole result and leave readers to think which paper has the right quote?


Just like how high school was with spreading rumors different individuals think its funny to spread the wrong info creating an uneasy feeling for some people when they actually look for the correct news. Back when all media was print you could basically believe what you read because no one was going to falsify there data than print hundreds of copies. Print media is more reliable in my eyes but with everything being time related (strict deadlines), I think the internet is the best for all information. At the end of the day just make sure you fact check what you read so you aren’t the kid spreading a media rumor.



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