Winning the Internet

Liz Heron talks about how journalism is different now as opposed to when she first started out in her career due to the internet. News is now way faster and more accessable and everyone can have a say in it. By faster it means timing wise. You can get a news story out in minutes and people have already read it as opposed to when Liz started out and it took her hours to get the news, make a story, turn it in and then nobody could read it until the next day in the morning paper. Due to social media anyone can break their own news and get away with it even though it’s not credible. So now not only does the media have to break news they also have to confirm other news as well as defend their own news if people accuse them of being wrong. This means journalists have to be able to share all documents and recordings just incase it’s accused of being false.

Journalists can use social media to update readers and answer questions as well as get new information. This is a good way to promote discussion and help clarify any problems or a reader might have had with the story. Social media also helps journalists promote different forms of journalism. Instagram can be used to show videos and twitter can be used to promote news and keep continuous updates flowing. Social media can also be used to get ideas for stories.

There are some ethical issues with news gathering on social media. For example you don’t always know what is credible. A lot of people will post pictures that aren’t true which makes news outlets look bad. Like we’ve been told since we were young, “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.” Also some people do not want to see sensitive topic on their news feed so you have to be careful and give warnings about what you post. You wouldn’t want a young child or someone sensitive to violence or someone suffering from PTSD to see a violent war video.




Repercussions fabrication and plagiarism have on journalism

Being truthful is one of the most important parts of journalism because everyone reading the article is trusting you to give them factual and accurate information. “If the public doesn’t believe what it’s getting from the news media, there’s not much point to the news business,” said Philip Seib, Nieman Chair and journalism professor.  If a journalist is caught fabricating or plagiarizing nobody is going to believe his future stories and it will ruin the reputation of the magazine.

Plagirism can also ruin a career. “Attribution is the difference between research and plagiarism,” said Steven Butry.  Not citing your sources can lead to huge problems in the future, you can not just blame sloppiness and hope to get away with it.