Monday, January 24, 2011

Reflection - Shawn

1. Based on your understanding of facts and opinions, why do you think this is important for a journalist/ reporter in the world of online news reporting?

Facts are truth that cannot be denied. They are supported with evidence and and are verifiable. But opinions are the exact opposite. They are groundless accusation and non-verifiable statements derived from one's thought. If a journalist/Reporter in the world of online news reporting published somethings, they information can be access almost instantly. If the informations posted are facts, it would be beneficial. But if the text consist of opinions, the reporter will get in trouble with the authority for providing the readers with such misleading information.

2. How can some of the problems raised in the articles be controlled?

The problems raised in the articles can be controlled with the presence of the editorial board. People from the editorial board can look through the articles for any opinions or misleading information before the article is published. This will prevent accidental publication of opinionated articles or articles providing inaccurate message that might caused the reader problems.

3. What are some responsibilities of discerning readers?

The immense size of cyberspace and the extent of information available may intimidate audiences and cause information overload. Furthermore, it may be difficult for audiences to distinguish between credible news websites and other non-official news websites. This can lead to confusion and misinformation.

So, the reader should read articles available on the web wisely and carefully. They should not believe all the information accessible on the web as not all the news are credible. To prevent such incident from happening the reader should not rely too much on online journalism.

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