News Theory Questions 4

What sorts of verification and accuracy standards are appropriate for material gathered on social networks? With the rapid rise of social media and citizen journalism, the legitimacy of news is often lacking. Anyone can post anything on social media, meaning that a lot of news is completely fake. Both BBC Sport and Sky Sports News…

News Theory Questions 3

When should a person or group be identified by race, ethnicity, gender or religion? It is a difficult decision for journalists to decide whether to label someone or not and, as obvious as it is, it is entirely dependent on the circumstances. Labelling someone’s race, ethnicity, gender or religion should only be done when it…

News Theory Questions 2

When should suicides be covered? Whist every death by suicide is a tragedy,  it is not necessary for them all to be covered by the media. Raising awareness of suicide is important in society, however there can be negative effects to covering suicide stories. Firstly, there is a very fine balance between raising awareness of…

News Theory Questions 1

1) Should reporters tell interviewees all the ways the interview may be used?  In journalism, some of the biggest and most influential stories have only been possible through the use of deception and mistrust. Deceit is a huge tool of uncovering wrong-doings in the public interest, exemplified recently by Sam Alladyce, who lost the England…