By Lauren Peace ('17) | COMM 561 Senior Project (Dr. Ammina Kothari)
In a day and age where the media are being pitted against the public as the enemy, it is more crucial than ever that we, as journalism students or ordinary citizens, learn to differentiate between credible news, propaganda, and ‘alternative fact’. The forms of media that we consume not only play a critical role in shaping our perceptions of the world in which we live, but it also plays a strong role in influencing future media production. What we consume will continue to be produced, so it’s increasingly more important that we choose to support news organizations that serve the public with fact and objective truth.
Beyond a positive consumption of factual news, it is important that journalists in training become well versed in the journalistic field that they are soon to enter. Whether it’s becoming more familiar with ethical reporting, adapting to the digital age and multimedia platforms, or simply refreshing on Associated Press Style tips, the following are a combination of publications, social media pages, and storytelling resources can be a good starting point, no matter your relationship to the media.