Sandra’s Week 8 Blog

Personally, I feel like while social media may be a good source of information and news, in a lot of cases, it cannot be trusted. There are many people in the world that post either false information, or news that provides the wrong story. I will always prefer getting information through news providers such as the New York Times and WKTV that have a duty to provide factual and credible news.

When it comes to friending a source on social media, I find myself impartial. My reasoning for this is that in some cases, friending a source via social media can be sketchy. You never know how credible someone or their information may be. But then again, that source could potentially be what makes a story come together.

An article from the American Press Institute titled  “When journalists get their info from social media, audiences find the reports less credible” written by Natalie Jomini Stroud, provides audience input on the matter. The article reports on a study that questions whether or not people find journalists who friend sources on social media credible or not. The study found that audiences rated in-person interviews and phone interviews more credible than sources found on social media platforms. To add to the study, they told participants that the information received from both social media sources and traditional sources had been verified to ensure their credibility. This change encouraged more participants to find social media sources more credible, however, even when including verification information, participants still found some sources more unreliable than others. When it comes to Twitter credibility, assessments were low regardless of the verification aspect. Moreover, assessments for reporting based on phone calls, emails, or interviews were rated even higher when they were verified in terms of credibility. So while in some cases friending a source via social media may be an option, audiences find the credibility of journalists and stories that are done this way as less credible.


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Adjunct Professor of Media Ethics in Contemporary Society at Utica College

One thought on “Sandra’s Week 8 Blog”

  1. Sorry, I meant to say Sandra’s Week 9 Blog but it wouldn’t let me edit. And Sandra you bring up a question that you allowed me to ask myself, so I’m going to ask all of you: I have on several occasions conducted email interviews. It’s not by choice. It’s a last go-to for me. Usually this happens when I’m writing a feature story about an accomplishment made by a native Roman or someone who once lived in the area and now lives elsewhere. Sometimes people prefer to communicate that way and claim they are more articulate if they have the opportunity to see the questions first, think about them and answer them in their own words rather than “on the fly.” This wouldn’t be fair or a good method of interviewing for certain cases, but for “fluff,” it’s fine. But how do you think conducting an interview via email is different than if you spoke to someone via Messenger or Twitter?


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