Fake news is:
- All anyone ever hears about these days (probably because it’s used way too much when it disagrees with someone’s political agenda)
- Up to the individual to fact-check and discredit for themselves
- Also kind of funny, in my opinion.
I’ve always advocated for fact-checking as well as not trusting every single thing read on the Internet. Mainly because people post satirical articles without knowing that they’re satire and then run with it, but in today’s new age of media, now than ever I urge you to check where your information came from if you suspect it’s outrageous.
Being as someone who wants to have a career in the media and news in particular, I’m not weary of everyday news. If your local reporter tells you about something, I’d trust him/her. However, if you come across some off-the-wall website saying that Pope Francis is dead, or something that sounds like a conspiracy theory, I’d again, check your sources.
That’s what I will leave you with: some advice and a little summary of my experience in my media writing course.
I liked this class. It wasn’t stressful and it made me think about media criticism and how a lot of it is just ill-informed. I also got to learn about broadcasting, which is something I didn’t know anything about. I think that broadcasting would be the most fun career in media, but it also sounds the most hectic. I changed my major during the course of this class and I’d like to say that decision was influenced by learning about media careers and what I don’t want to do. All in all, I gained a newfound respect for people in all positions in the media and I enjoyed the time I spent in Media Writing. However, I still strongly advocate for the usage of the Oxford comma, no matter what the AP Stylebook says.