Hi Class and Professor,
When receiving information through a mass media venue I will usually listen or watch other shows to see if they are all on the same page. If I hear differently I will do some research to get facts. I do believe that research can dig a little bit deeper into the facts. Most media venues could be one-sided making it hard to believe anyone. Again, doing research could take you to a lot of places and have an individual wondering if the subject of the information is true. But, the more material you read and the writers are saying the same thing, it is the possibility that the information is factual. The way I can determine if something is trustworthy is to check the facts of the information. Through serval reputable sources like the New York times or some other reliable newspaper. I never believe anything I see on social media due to the fact that anyone can post their opinion which is not true facts. Also, social media can be somewhat overwhelming with stress and badness.
Hello student D, good points here and I would add that this is why most people identify a ‘trusted news source’ and are unlikely to change. I feel that following up on a story can be tedious and many people will not take this step. I do believe that most traditional news organization make an effort to provide factual news, but we are also seeing biased news on some stations. For this reason, it is important that we (citizens) can distinguish between what is news and what is editorial, I really think this makes the difference. What do you think?
One helpful tip would be to check news archives; to have background on a story can be and often is quite valuable. As we continue to learn and read more about media literacy we will also continue to discuss news, which is exciting!