Monday, April 9, 2012

News Verification

We read and hear news from different media sources such as on television, radio, print media and the internet. We never know how accurate the information that is relayed to the point that you make steps to confirm or do your own research to verify.

There are many implications of the truthfulness or falseness of anything we hear, see or read. There has to be some proof of the data before we accept it as valid, moreover, if the information is relevant for us. Media is a very powerful tool of communication. It has control over broad aspects of people’s lives. We can readily know things from people, events and places we have no access from directly that is why media is considered a powerful source.

People who report and relay news have to be rational and are not tainted with biased opinion. They have to keep in mind that they are relaying information to the general public who consists of different kinds of people – with different beliefs and perspectives. Precision is also very important prior to breaking out the news, because once the news had been sent out, people will at most definitely believe and take it as a fact.

All kinds of information have to be checked and rechecked prior to making reports, it has to be 101% verified correct. This should be the case as much as possible or it will create chaos. For example, news of war, the obituary, news of accidents, lifestyle or health news, information that involves numbers, statistics and a lot more. Imagine if we you see your name on the obituary and all of your family and friends panicked – that can be a big devastation for them.

Responsibility is a major thing or it can cause life or safety of people.

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