Looking at the digital age and trends we are in today, the online space has become so vibrant when it comes to the need to source for news. As a matter of fact, many of us will run to the online news sources for the need to source for the breaking bits of news, the trending ones online, we will read online newspapers and other news related articles and as well we share lots of these with our friends and other colleagues.
This be as trendy as it may be, the fact is that new sources online are some of the hardest things to verify anyway. This is looking at the fact that there a number of the early reports there may be on these media that later turn out to be false that will still keep circulating on the various social media platforms with so many people still keeping to circulate them for a number of their selfish reasons, some for political reasons, others for commercial interests and some will just be about this for the fun there may be in this.
The interesting bit is the fact that in a number of cases, misleading information can go viral in a matter of seconds. Take a case like we had in the 2006 elections in the US where it was realized and reported that false news stories were spread faster and more widely than the real ones.
Actually looking at these basic facts when it comes to online news, we see the need for us to ensure that we have so thoroughly vetted and verified to authentic our 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. As a result of these, it has become a lot more easy to spread misinformation some doing this intentionally and for some unintentionally.
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. The online news source should be one that as well has a policy for openly retracting and correcting any errors there may be on their news stories.