Today, sensational and fake news stories spread like wildfire thanks to the Internet. Facebook has moved from its original intent to connect people to a viral mechanism to misinform them. You can thank poor media literacy for that.
An editor tells reporters to invest less time and copy in their stories. Another is fired for failing to force her reporters to work with sponsors. The changes at Reuters and the New York Times are not encouraging moments for quality journalism.
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There’s an old saying in politics that perception is reality (attributed to Lee Atwater). If you want an example, look no further than blogs written under the guise of venerable mastheads like Forbes, Fast Company and Harvard Business Review.
Consider the perception of journalistic excellence these mastheads possess — and yes, even new media outlets like Techcrunch, Mashable, and others. What these branded blogs deliver often strays from the greatness they promise. Yet people consider these blogs authoritative for some reason.
With so much chum and hubris floated to succeed in the attention economy, what we get is not what is perceived.
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When information sources become fractured and degraded, people break into smaller polarized groups, each supporting their own group think. In many cases, people can become easily swayed by those they trust in their social networks (on and off line). Information… Read More »Journalism Skills for Everyone