The Importance of Accuracy in Journalism

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1913 words

The introduction of the internet to modern society has brought about a new age of information relation. Since there is no longer a need to wait until the next print day, news from all over the world is available at a person’s fingertips within hours or even minutes of the event. With this advent of such easily accessible information, new problems for the news media have also arisen. Aside from potentially losing good economic standing because newspapers are no longer being purchased in the quantities they used to be, the credibility of the information itself is also put into question. No one would argue that credibility of news sources is unimportant, but there is a discrepancy in what takes precedence; economy and speed or getting the information out correctly at the first publishing by taking the time to make sure all facts are checked. The importance of having a system of checks on all information submitted is paramount. People trust what they read and believe it to be so without always questioning. If all information were to not be checked thoroughly, there would be instances where people read an article only for information included to be wrong and they go on believing such information. This can be very dangerous as misinformed people make misinformed decisions. With an increase in errors being made by citizen bloggers and even major publications, many are worried that journalistic ethics and credibility in the news media are being sacrificed in order to maintain swiftness in the news circuit and to retain personal profits. Though getting information to the masses quickly is a major part of the media’s importance, this should not mean that the credibility of that information being presented should be sacrificed for it...

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In this essay, the author

  • Argues that the introduction of the internet to modern society has brought about a new age of information relation.
  • Explains that the desire for speed in news delivery has led to an increase in freelance journalism being performed by the average person.
  • Explains that a photograph can show more of the news story than the written world alone. trained photojournalists have specific skill sets that allow them to be aware of what angles and settings allow for the most accurate perception.
  • Opines that relying on freelance journalists and citizen bloggers for information makes a great deal of sense economically.
  • Opines that the speed and lucrative side of the business get in the way of truly remembering the most important thing in journalism, which is a published story's full credibility.
  • Suggests a uniform process for making corrections in articles that are found to have errors. this goes against the basic principles of photojournalistic ethics which states that all errors made must be fixed but also made known.
  • Opines that the news community needs to remain cautious and aware that even though the increase in speed is inevitable, the neglect in checking facts is not.
  • Explains birsen, haluk, demir, muge, and newton, julianne h. the burden of visual truth: the role of photojournalism
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