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.