The online space has become so vibrant for news sources. Quite a number of us will turn to the online news sources for the latest and trending news, whether it is reading a newspaper online or sharing some bit of news with friends and family online.
In as much as this happens to be so trendy and the habit for many, the fact is that when it comes to the need to authenticate the online news sources, this happens to be one of the hardest things to do all the same. The reason for this is looking at the fact that there will be some of the early reports on these media sources that will turn out to be false which will still get circulating and spreading on these platforms with a number going on to spread them for a number of reasons and interests they may be having in these pieces of news, however false they may be, like for their political reasons, commercial and for some, it’s all for the fun they derive in this.
What’s even more worrying when it comes to online news sources is the fact that it has become a trend that misinformation or misleading news will spread so fast like bushfire more so in this digital age, spreading from one to the other and in no time, it will be spread to millions around. Talking of false news and how quick they spread and how they get so much coverage online as opposed to what would be for the factual ones, look at the case there was during the 2006 US elections where false and misleading information actually got to spread and receive far more coverage than what was given to the factual and true stories.
Looking at these facts, we see the reasons as to why it would be so advisable for you to ensure that you are ever verifying your online news sources. By and large, it sure pays for you to ensure that before you go ahead and share that news story or article you sourced online with your friends and colleagues you have the source verified to be authentic and as well make sure that the news is indeed accurate and as well updated as is supposed to be.
By and large, sorting facts from the fictional pieces has never been easy more so looking at the changes we have seen in how news is produced and as well consumed. By and large, as a result of this, and the challenge to verify news sources more so online news sources, it has become a lot more easier for the spreading of false information, some doing this knowingly and some unknowingly.
The first thing that should tell you of a good and trustworthy online news source is one that has an open declaration and a commitment to accuracy of their news stories. They need to openly retract and correct any errors there may be on their news articles and stories.