Improve Your Media Literacy
News is any news that was not known beforehand or current events broadcasted over the television, radio or in the daily newspaper. One example of news would be a married couple announcing their impending wedding at a family gathering. The news will tell the people about their upcoming nuptials and it might also inform them about some unfortunate accident or death in the nearby village. However, the news will also reveal the reasons behind these announcements. This is why it is important for you to always keep yourself abreast with the latest news in your business. It will be as useful as a guide when making decisions as it will be more reliable than any other source.
To make news out to the public, you will need to employ the services of a journalist. A journalist works hard to get you news by paying attention to any new event or development, checking it properly, verifying it, writing an impartial report about it, and then putting it up on the web. Their job is made easier by websites like Google and Yahoo, which keep track of any unusual activity and update its readers with the latest in news stories. Since a journalist works hard to find a story by paying attention to all possible sources of news, he or she will often choose to write about things that are not necessarily as newsworthy as the rest of the stories. For instance, while there may be many reports about a newly built high-tech office building being planned in a busy section of town, the journalist who finds this story interesting enough to pass on will include it in her article without necessarily reporting it as the news story.
One great way to improve news story quality and credibility is to make sure you know how to check sources. A simple thing like using your favorite search engine to look for information about a particular topic can help you do this. All you need to do is type in your desired keyword and click enter. If the website contains more than one hundred thousand pages, you will be able to see the details of the source used for a story on the first page of its search results list. By checking the reliability and trustworthiness of a media organization, not only will your own reputation be improved but so will that of your friends, co-workers and neighbors and so will your personal and professional life.