It is important to consider your audience when making editorial decisions. Based on the circumstances of the story, we should know what is and what’s not appropriate to implement into our stories. On page 220 in our textbook it says, “There are many different ways in which journalists have sought to connect with their communities and make sure that a focus on community as a news value drives decision making in newsrooms.” It’s important to connect to your audience and make sure you clearly state the news the most accurate and easily understood way possible. A benefit is that it makes your readers trust you and what you are saying is true. Not only that, but they will feel like they can trust the news will be reported accurate and in a timely matter. A major ramification of not considering your audience is losing trustful readers and also being attacked by many of them for fake news or just not reporting the way they want it to be. I personally would always consider my audience and drive community as a news value in my newsroom so my readers feel like they are valued and can trust our news with the best and most ethical reporting.
After going over the story in our textbook and thinking if I would publish the photos of Lance Cpl. Bernard, I came to the realization that it is hurtful to publish them from the Marines’ families perspectives. Family of Lance of course wouldn’t want people to see how much he suffered, but I think from a whole whole perspective that publishing the photo is ethical and the right choice. Not only does it give great credibility to the writer, but it also shows the real disasters war causes as the text on page 180 says it shows the ‘real consequences of war.’ If my boss were to tell me to snap a real life picture to capture the true horror of war then I don’t think it would be necessary for me to get the OK from the Marines. The way I look at it is, I have a job and I’m gonna do my best to report true news and back myself up by having real hard evidence to show I am speaking the truth.
The short story on Donald Trump, “Donald Trump sent his own plane to transport 200 stranded marines” is a perfect story on fake news and showing how it can discredit a journalist–so I chose this story for this weeks blog post.
It says, “The article claimed that back in 1991, a bunch of Marines had been left stranded after Operation Desert Storm, and that Donald Trump had found out about it and sent his own plane to collect them.” The key word from that quote that I pulled out was “claimed.” This is a bold statement to make in a story, especially when it’s claimed and now backed-up with solidified evidence.
The Washington Post fact-checked Sean Hannity’s article and they said it was slightly different than the real story. I’m not sure if Hannity would do this to get more people to read his story thinking he had the factual information, but at the end of the day, when credible sources fact-check you and expose you for fake news, it hurts your credibility and gives you absolutely no trust from readers or even any readers to read your story at all. The Washington post found out that Trump indeed picked up Marines, but it was not his personal plane that got them. Even though Hannity was right about him getting the Marines, it will make people question if it even is right and to go off other sources because they may know it was not his personal plane, so did he actually even pick them up?
The main was to fact-check on social media is to go through many other sources, mainly credible ones that you can trust, and see what they are saying. If a source that provides factual and genuine information 24/7, then you most likely will know it is true and you can go off of what that journalist is saying.
Finally, you can also go through other stories of Sean Hannity and try to find stories where you already know all the information to and you can see if the evidence he is providing is factual or fake. Odds are if he posted fakes news once, then he has done it multiple times.
After reading some of my classmates’ blogs on what rules govern a reporters use of solid and credible material, while being ethical at the same time, I agree with Adam and Maggie’s blogs, but have a few implications going off what they said.
First off, you want to make sure the sources you are going off of on social media are credible and are actually giving factual information. Confirm so by checking with other sources if this may be true and if others have heard the same thing. If there’s a big accusation on someone/something, then it is likely that other people have heard the same if it is true. Now touching base on what Maggie said, I believe it is very well ethical to friend request sources on social media websites if that is a way you can contact and stay in touch with a credible source. If your source was aware and informed about this and are okay with it, then I don’t see how that can’t be ethical because it is an effective way to reach out to credible people with information you can receive through only them. Some sources are more likely to open up through social media through their phones, rather than in person. The main way to govern a reporter’s use of certain material on social media is making sure it is credible by seeing if anyone else has heard of it; don’t go off on one accusation from only one source, make sure it builds up and the evidence is there showing that source is credible and then you may keep getting more from that source.
an example of reporters using social media to get information is how sports reporters post screenshots of what people post on their twitter or Instagram accounts about what players have accomplished in a game. Like when Odell Beckham jr. scores a TD and a fan tweets “Beckham jr. with a one-handed snag and scores a 50 yard td” a reporter should confirm by looking for pictures and checking sports sites like ESPN for the update. And if it turns out true, you know that source is posting credible information on their account as soon as the play takes effect.
(Example of bleacher report reporter posting screenshots of tweets) Source:
Browns’ Own Mistakes Spoiling Baker Mayfield’s Rookie Season.” Google, Google, http://www.google.com/amp/s/syndication.bleacherreport.com/amp/2802117-browns-own-mistakes-spoiling-baker-mayfields-rookie-season.amp.html.
I had trouble coming up with a story for this weeks blog post because I wasn’t able to find anything that really offended me, but I came across a story from yesterday that seemed to be very harmful in the way it was told and how It gave names.
The story I had chosen is called “‘I lost the love of my life,’ says widow of New York limo driver involved in crash that killed 20.”
First off, the title comes out to be harmful and disrespecting to the Limo driver that lost his life that night of the accident. I also get the feeling that it’s targeting the driver of the limo and making it seem like he intentionally crashed the limo, leading to the death of 20 people, including himself.
In the reading, it says, “Scott Lisinicchia has a commercial drivers license but lacked the required passenger endorsement to drive 15 or more adult passengers…”
I understand it is showing he shouldn’t have had that many people in the car, but by mentioning the name of the driver in a news story, it targets his wife by all the people who see this and think he purposely took away 20 lives, including himself.
I understand the writer must get out the most important info he can, but there needs to be a balance of ethical news writing. Is it really necessary to mention his full name? There may be people furious about what happened to the point where they harass Kim, the wife of Scott, the limo driver.
Overall, this news story seemed extremely harmful to the drivers name and his wife, Kim. This puts a bad word on his corpse and potentially gets people looking for Kim and even harassing her over social media, causing her to have no choice, but to live in fear.
Bandler, Jonathan. “’I Lost the Love of My Life,’ Says Widow of New York Limo Driver Involved in Crash That Killed 20.” USA Today, Gannett Satellite Information Network, 10 Oct. 2018, http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/10/09/limo-driver-given-unsafe-vehicle-widow-lawyer-say/1583116002/.