One of the first things I do every morning, and I'm sure many others as well, is check my social media platforms. Facebook and Twitter have become main sources of where I see what's going on in the world. Social media plays a huge role in reporting news, especially because of the ability for everyone to publish whatever and whenever they want. However, this leaves news outlets in a sticky situation of whether or not to be the first to report or to take their time and make sure they get the facts straight.
Speed vs. Truth
Over the last several years, social media has been becoming more and more popular in our society. It has become a main source of where people receive their daily news and is sometimes the first to report on breaking news. Of course, readers want their news fast, but this sometimes leads to inaccuracy.
So is it better to be the first to report and risk making a mistake or take your time and be the credible source your readers can always count on? In my opinion the "publish first, update later" strategy ultimately comes with more downfalls.
Any credible journalist knows that truth is the utmost important thing we have to offer. Building trust with our readers is extremely important. Sure, its nice to be the first to report on a breaking news story, but once a mistake is made, it's hard to build that trust back up.
|This depicts the way some news outlets rush to be the first to report on something.|