Staying updated with current news is a crucial part of Public Relations. Whatever your position may be, knowing the correct content can help you and your organization interact with your audience. Whether it is taking a stance on a cause or sending your condolences to your audience, you will need to know which news is real or misleading in order to reply. So, while you are consuming information, take a look at which journal you are reading and self-check the information given.
Top Reliable News Journals:
- The New York Times
- The Wall Street Journal
- The Washington Post
- The Economist
Examples of Non-Trustworthy News Sources:
- Huffington Post
- Yahoo News
Pay Attention to the URL: Look out for web pages that have a similar URL. It is common these days for web pages to have similar logos or web page links. For example abcnews.com and abcnews.com.co (not the original domain).
Look at the Quotes: Generally, reliable news draws quotes from multiple experts. These experts are often professors, researchers, government officials, and/or anyone who has experience with the topic being discussed. To know whether or not an expert has actually said what was quoted in a source, it is beneficial to check for the same quotes in other journals. The most reliable sources will cover both sides of a story using trustworthy experts.
Check the Comments: In the twenty-first century, most individuals are a click away from consuming news through social media. Something to do before checking out a news clickbait is to read the comments. Just like how many of you read the reviews before purchasing a product online, reading the comments will also inform you about the content of the page. Although these online sources will give you quick information on a topic, the best place to consume information is a news journal.
Because of how accessible and convenient social media platforms are, it’s easy for us to get caught up in an article shared on our news feed. While many of these stories are enticing and easily capture our attention, a majority of these articles are based on nothing more than rumors and claims pulled out of thin air. It’s so easy for us to believe what is right in front of us without doing proper research on the topic. And in the midst of this period of a massive information dump throughout our society, it is more important than ever for us to remain vigilant on the “facts” we consume. So stay sharp, stay educated, and stay hungry.