• MaKenna Manti

The Truth Behind Your News

There are many ethical challenges in online journalism and print journalism. Online journalism is very fast paced and can be hard to keep up with all the different amounts of new sources there are today. With that being said, online journalism is so fast paced it is hard to keep up with fact checking and making sure that every story being put out is 100% accurate. Most of the world nowadays receives their news via social media. Articles spread like wildfire and are hard to catch fake news before a generous amount of the population has already seen it.

Two things can, at the same time, be real. Journalists mess up sometimes. And in order to do better, they have an obligation. Around the same time, professional journalism is directed at getting to the facts. Sources we cross-check. We fact-check allegations. As the large set of national examples shows, they can correct their errors but never really let the public know of their down-falls. We live in a world where the first source to report something comes with the most publicity; this naturally incentivizes news outlets to focus more on the timeliness of their news over the truth. We can see this blatantly with modern news sources like TMZ. Their practices are not very ethical as they stress their view count over their credibility. In the article ethics in the news, “For around 150 years newspapers controlled news and advertising markets, but digital technology has changed everything. Display and classified advertising have moved online and so far no convincing solution has been found to the problem of filling the ever-widening gaps in editorial budgets.” With this being said, it is obvious that print journalism has more control of what is being shown to the public rather than online journalism, where anyone in the world with a smartphone can post inaccurate news.

The media can easily spread “news” out of proportion and it's not stopping soon. As the media sites and technology grow so do the unethical tales. With print journalism declining and online journalism rapidly increasing, it is hard to know what is in store for news sites in the future. In a vicious cycle of shared coercion, mythmaking, and self-interest, the mass media and the government are entwined. To dramatize reporting and get some content out there, journalists need emergencies or government officials to pretend to be responding to crises. Very much, disasters are not crises at all, just common fabrications.

In a symbiotic web of misinformation, the two entities have become so intertwined that the mass media are unable to inform the people what is real and the government is unable to rule effectively. A charade was developed by the news media and the government that suits their own needs but misleads the public. By fabricating emergencies and stage-managing their reactions, officials compel the media's desire for suspense, thus enhancing their own reputation and influence. Journalists record such fabrications dutifully.

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