Along with political and tragic scandals running amok, what other news stories can be worth reading in today’s 24/7 social media society?
First, it’s important to look back on the historical significance behind journalism to catch a glimpse on how much access the town folks received important news concerning their education, church announcements and health problems that arrived within their area. For example, Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press and its impact on the world. The printing press served as a purpose to spread information as quickly and efficiently from one town to another in a matter of days. Four hundred and fifty years later, William Randolph Hearst lumped the term “yellow journalism” together and defined it as fake news to distract readers from reading the news concerning health complications and economic crisis.
As social media and citizen journalism evolves around the globe, it’s extremely difficult to distinguish which stories are true/false because journalists and bloggers are not separating facts vs opinions along with using little to no research sources to confirm if their stories contain honest or falsified information.
The questions regarding journalists and bloggers for now are: what significant stories can bring interest to those who read your articles and blog posts? How could these stories create an impact for your audience members? And what steps do you take to ensure you are writing “newsworthy” stories?
As a blogger, you can look for upcoming events in your hometown or school events. The stories can create an impact on your audience members based upon the experience you and others have on a connection level. And the steps I take depend upon my interest of the subject or event occurring in my local areas, jotting down notes, capture memories through photography and interviewing people from the same/different areas.
To conclude this post, you can find many newsworthy stories but the writer has to keep a sharp eye on upcoming events, dive into your research pool and interview as many people about their experience at the event. It’s better to gain insight from others through experience than to rely on social media for falsified news.