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Do you agree or disagree with the following statement : Sometimes people think nowadays the media (TV, newspaper, Internet) are less concerned about the accuracy of news than in the past, and the incorrect information may cause more problem to the public.【2017.8.27ML】

现在的人不再介意新闻的准确性了吗?

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The digital media has been a game changer for journalism. But when more fake news comes up with more people buying it, some start to wonder if media today has become reckless about the accuracy of news. While misinformation is certainly bad for the public, I don’t think media has cared less about news accuracy. Actually, it's getting even more cautious in this day and age. 

 

First off, journalists today are moving faster and digging deeper, which can be an indication of their concern for news accuracy. Before the advent of Internet, journalists had limited means to report on certain events. Say reporters investigating government corruption had to find an inside source or to interview the politician in question. But chances are they might end up with inaccurate information because they lacked solid evidence or the politician was simply lying. However, reporters today would handle it completely differently. They can use social media and Internet as a kind of search facility or fact checker. They can now google the specifics of a politician's claim and seek what others have to say on social platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Why do you think they do that? It’s because they are fully aware that traditional ways of reporting aren't enough and they want to seek out different voices of one story. Besides, In today’s digital age, the so-called citizen journalism has changed how media works. At any point, anyone today with a cell phone can become a journalist. A person could be walking down the street and all of a sudden a car crashes right in front of him. No reporter could possibly get to the scene that quickly, but this eye witness could easily shoot a video clip and post it online, then everybody would have some first-hand knowledge of what’s going on. By moving quickly and bring more voices into the dialogue, media today is actually more attentive to news accuracy than ever.  

 

So speaking of the varied source of information, what have social platforms done to ensure its accuracy and reliability? Measures have been taken to ensure that subscribers get the most accurate information. For example, websites verify the news source, including official accounts and independent content producers. That’s why companies like Weibo display users' verified identity with V symbol in their profile, and cyber-celebrities and authoritative news outlets are labeled with different colors. So media nowadays does care about the reliability of their news sources. Also, whenever you find fake news or inappropriate content, social platforms allow users to report the link and have it taken down pretty quickly. Sure, misinformation and lies do get spread over Internet, but it doesn’t mean people have become less concerned. The truth is, propaganda and fake news have been around for centuries. You might think there's more fake news today, but if people are not paying more attention, how do you think fake news can get disclosed and myths get debunked?

 

To sum up, I’m not saying there’s no incorrect information nowadays, nor do I mean it causes no harm; it has been the case for as long as society exists. But it’s just unreasonable to argue people today are numb or indifferent toward news integrity. (Baolei, 552w)

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