Many people like to send social media stories, pictures, videos and news to their friends. Sometimes you will share something that you find funny, or that you think is important news that the majority of people around you should be aware of.
Some broadcast stories that they know to be false. This type of disinformation * can proliferate rapidly in a number of ways, both online and offline, through new and old media. Television, print media, radio, online news sites, in fact all communication channels can spread false news
As a broadcaster, do you take care to check the details of a story, image or video before sharing it? Are you wondering about the content to see if it’s really accurate? Not everything we see or read is true.
False information can circulate very quickly and become a big problem. Sadly, it has become a daily reality in online or offline media all over the world as individuals, companies and media make up false stories for political or personal gain, or for various other reasons. This phenomenon is called “fake news” and as a broadcaster it is very important that you know how to recognize it so that you do not contribute to it yourself.
To complicate matters, the phrase “fake news” is often used to question legitimate news from opposing political opinion.
According to the New York Times “fake news” is a story fabricated to deceive, and often garner clicks. It should be emphasized that false news is DIFFERENT from false news, which contains factual errors. No broadcaster or journalist is perfect and we can all make mistakes in researching and reporting. In contrast, fake news is disinformation that is knowingly disseminated.
How does knowing what fake news is help me better serve my listeners?
- News is a very important medium for the transmission of accurate information on political, social and scientific topics. When the news is broadcast accurately while maintaining a balance, it allows listeners to soak up the information and form their own opinion and comment on a situation or event.
- It is by providing only the right information that has been well researched that you can earn the public’s trust and have loyal listeners.
How does scrutinizing fake news carefully help me make better programming?
- As a broadcaster, knowing how to check fake news is essential to avoid spreading it through your own broadcasts. By sorting out information that is fair, factual and information that you know to be false or suspicious, and whose accuracy you cannot verify, and by collecting accurate information, you ensure that the content of your shows is accurate , reliable, plausible and credible.
Where do i start?
(You will learn more about these and other points in the “Details” section below.)
- How to recognize fake news
- Don’t be part of the problem
- The importance of truth
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