It works like any other kind of journalism, adhering to rules of verification, independence and accountability. And sometimes the scoops are world-changing.
Yes, but not always. Stories change, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t report what we know at any given time. Other times, it’s better to wait.
This is a question of transparency and journalism ethics. And yes, some journalists and news organizations have been criticized and held responsible in court for just this situation.
Transparency is the “story behind the story,” and the more a news consumer knows about how a story is put together, the easier it is to evaluate—and trust—that information.
The use—and abuse—of anonymous sources is an ongoing and thorny debate in journalism.
Reporters always prefer to use named sources who are willing to go “on the record,” meaning that the information they provide can be attributed directly to them. But sometimes that’s just not possible.
Citizen journalists are increasingly important members of the news media ecosystem. They often provide the first photos and video after a disaster and firsthand reports from war zones too dangerous for journalists.
The first step is to realize that an algorithm is determining what news you see (and what you don’t). That is true on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google News, Apple News, Google search and many other news websites.
Yes, and it gets messy. Fortunately it doesn’t happen that often.
It can be, but not typically, and no, serious errors don’t happen that often – at reputable news outlets, anyway.
Raw information can be very valuable. Often when news breaks, tweets and other social media posts with photos, video, and eyewitness observations are the first indications of what has happened. However, raw news is UNVERIFIED.