Modern journalism, challenges, quality publications, fake news and partisan news
Modern journalism has changed due to a development of internet technologies. In old days, only senders such as newspaper companies and radio stations could tell important information no matter what the information is biased or not. However, since internet technologies have developed, receivers like us became to be able to disseminate information what we found.
It became easier to send written news or information with other media such as pictures, video, audio, and programming. It is called “multimedia”, and modern journalists try to make these news easy to understand to audience.
These days we exchange a bunch of information each other. Because of that, there are also a lot of biased or fake information. When the huge earthquake occurred in Japan, someone who lives in a location of a disaster posted a tweet like “there is a person under the rubble! Help him!” with a photo of the person, but after rescue workers went there, no one was there. In fact, the tweet was a lie. There are many fake information or misunderstandings when the earthquake happened. We live in a convenient era; we can talk to our family whenever we want to, and we can share the feelings on SNS, but due to the era, we have to learn media literacy; we must consider about what true information is.
In addition, internet technologies make people search information only what they want to know. I think it can be a challenge of modern journalism because people will never know another aspect of news. If people get information by using only an internet, they are going to get biased news or misunderstand the true information.
Therefore, we need skills of reading many types of media not only internet information but also newspaper, articles, magazines, comics, radio and television. These skills are essential to live this era. We have to read, compare, analyze, think, and evaluate, so we can be a good sender of true information. We also need other knowledge such as art, politics, music, economics and so on.
As I said before, I think fake news are easily created on SNS, and this article says that teenagers often produce fake news.
SNS has a huge impact to people. I think fake news are created by misunderstanding sometimes. All users of SNS can repost or share others’ information, and we all have various opinions. One biased information or someone’s idea is shared by friends and others repeatedly. People think the opinion as “fake information” or “lie”. I guess fake news are not created intentionally, but we have to consider about the risk of to trust information without doubt.
Partisan news are biased new or information which has partisanship. I think journalism should be neutral, but I have heard some news about Second World War. Japanese army forced Korean women work as “Comfort Girl”. It means these women had to work as a prostitute. At first, Japanese newspaper companies told this is a historical fact, however, they found out this information is partially wrong. Many Japanese people think like “Our military did a terrible thing” still now.
Moreover, when the huge earthquake happened on March 11th 2011 in Japan, some nuclear power plants were broken. Because of that, several TV stations created biased TV programs such as “Japanese people suffer from thyroid cancer due to the nuclear incident.” I think there is no evidence, and it is dangerous to judge like this information is true. We need to learn other basic knowledge including medical information and scientific knowledge.