Social media is a great tool to stay connected and communicate to others about issues and events that are important to us.
In news, social media is changing how media producers are delivering the news to media consumers.
“The most fundamental change is that more of the responsibility for knowing what is true and what is not now rests with each of us as individuals.” – Bill Kovach and Tom Rosentiel from the book Blur: How to Know What’s True in the Age of Information Overload.
The media consumer should evaluate these sources on their own, regardless of the amount of time and energy it took the journalist to evaluate the source.
The Internet offers users a wide array of sources for information. As journalists it’s our duty to ensure the accuracy of the sources we are including in our digital journalism stories.
Social media and the web can be both casual and professional and they need to be in great balance with one another to draw success to a news organization.
Sources must be evaluated on an individual basis to ensure the accuracy of information is being spread.