In the past few years, the news media has become more competitive, more extensive, and more globalized than ever before. Reporting occurs in near real time from almost any location to the consumer’s television or computer screen. With so many news agencies now vying for precious minutes of a consumer’s time, it is common for a story to undergo slight alterations that make it more emotional or sensational. Several consequent transformations of the same story can lead to extreme misreporting on the actual content, and oftentimes it is difficult to ascertain what the original story was without looking at multiple versions from different sources. The purpose of this paper is to trace the development of a news story across a 24-hour period, specifically the announcement that the EU would attempt to bail Greece out of its massive debt to prevent a total financial meltdown in Europe. The story spreads throughout the world in a matter of minutes, but the real differences lie in what each outlet decides to emphasize or let fade into the background.
The criteria to evaluate each news story are common to most all articles and other news media. They include an assessment of what points possess eyewitness or other reliable testimony and which are lacking such substantiation, an evaluation of the reliability of the sources of the supporting testimonies, and some measure of the quality of the evidence presented. Other helpful criteria include whether or not the reporter makes their fact-finding process transparent, the extensiveness of their coverage of the subject, the fairness of the story in representing both sides of the issue, and whether or not the reporter places the story in context. These criteria can be used to evaluate the q...
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