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Get the Facts, Jack!

on June 26, 2014

Get the factsIn this day and age, it’s easy to think that being first is more important than being accurate. However, there should never be a substitute for accurate information. In this world of instantaneous information and results, news outlets are trying harder than ever to get their stories in our hands first. With this never ending push to be ahead of the pack, the accuracy of these stories can easily begin to fade.

However, that’s not to say that news outlets shouldn’t try to be first – it just means that there is a delicate dance they must perform with each and every story. Just because we are living in a world of rapid results doesn’t mean that we are any more forgiving when it comes to inaccurate information. If you think about those 24 hour news stations (ESPN, CNN, etc.), they are constantly running information; however, we expect that information to be correct no matter how quickly they are reporting it. The same goes for social media, I expect the information I receive via social outlets to be as accurate as possible.

For this reason, when it comes to journalism today, industry professionals must double and triple check their sources to ensure they are reporting correct information. As we saw during the Boston Marathon bombing, the presence of citizen journalists is very real and very large. Because of this, it’s ever so important that “real” journalists are checking their facts prior to sharing information via print, television or social. During this week’s lecture, Justin said “Social media doesn’t eliminate the need for fact checking. It increases it.” That simply could not be any truer!

Searching through information on social can get overwhelming and frustrating – this can easily deter journalists from checking their sources and ensuring the information is accurate. However, with services like advanced Twitter search, geocodes and reserve image searching journalists can take a more active approach in checking their facts!

When it comes to “unpublishing” or deleting a post, I’m not sure how I feel about this. I don’t think that this is something that can be applied as an “umbrella” rule to encompass all stories/posts/social outlets. I think this approach would have to done on a case by case basis only – in most cases, I would say the news outlet should first send out the correct information and then delete the post with incorrect information to help stop the spread of misinformation.

At the end of the day, always check your facts and report the most accurate information possible.

Ta-ta for now!

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2 responses to “Get the Facts, Jack!

  1. Justin says:

    You speak a lot of sense there! Thanks Lacee.

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