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News Literacy - Research Paper Example
Journalism & Communication
Pages 6 (1506 words)
Student number Word Count: 1,549 Now That’s News! With the burgeoning amount of “news media” circulating around the Internet today in so many venues, it is often difficult to decipher what is news and what is not. Even though certain articles appear to take the form of news releases from what appear to be objective media outlets, reader beware ?…
Obviously, these distinct categories all set out with a different purpose, and if one is not careful, he or she will be caught in the Net of deception and fall prey to manipulative tactics that vie to gain one’s allegiance or financial support. In order to demonstrate this modern-day dilemma, three apparent news articles will be examined to see if they pass the test as being news ? or drift into another neighborhood. The three stories ? one about an up-and-coming hypnotist weight-loss doctor, another about a new canned chicken product fighting food poisoning, and the last about a dog strangely contracting a horse disease – all have the initial presentations of legitimate news stories, but once one digs deeper and measures them with the tools of a savvy journalist, only one comes out passing for authentic news. Because news today covers such a wide range of topics, it is often easy for some articles to blur the lines as to what information neighborhood one is actually in, but fortunately, the discerning reader can always fall back on a GPS system, if you will, to find out where one really is. Let us begin with an article titled “You’re getting sleepy… and thinner…” out of Toowoomba’s Style Magazine. ...
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