Looking at the digital age and trends we are in today, the online space has become so vibrant when it comes to the need to source for news. As a matter of fact, many of us will run to the online news sources for the need to source for the breaking bits of news, the trending ones online, we will read online newspapers and other news related articles and as well we share lots of these with our friends and other colleagues.
This be as trendy as it may be, the fact is that new sources online are some of the hardest things to verify anyway. The reason for this is looking at the fact that there will be some of the early reports on these media sources that will turn out to be false which will still get circulating and spreading on these platforms with a number going on to spread them for a number of reasons and interests they may be having in these pieces of news, however false they may be, like for their political reasons, commercial and for some, it’s all for the fun they derive in this.
What has been seen as a trend when it comes to online news sources is that where there is some bit of misleading information, one that hasn’t been authenticated as much, these will often get to spread so fast, going viral in but a matter of seconds online. Take a case like we had in the 2006 elections in the US where it was realized and reported that false news stories were spread faster and more widely than the real ones.
Actually looking at these basic facts when it comes to online news, we see the need for us to ensure that we have so thoroughly vetted and verified to authentic our online news sources. It is actually so important to ensure that before you go about sharing that piece of information and news that you have sourced online, verify the online news source and be sure that the news is indeed accurate and up to date and the source is as well an authentic one.
By and large, looking at the fact of the changes we have had in the production and the consumption of news, there has been introduced yet another challenge when it comes to the need to distinguish the true from the false news articles. By and large, as a result of this, and the challenge to verify news sources more so online news sources, it has become a lot more easier for the spreading of false information, some doing this knowingly and some unknowingly.
The first thing that should tell you of a good and trustworthy online news source is one that has an open declaration and a commitment to accuracy of their news stories. They need to openly retract and correct any errors there may be on their news articles and stories.