Is “fake news” a new home education resource?

Home education resource doesn’t always include the addition of “fake news.” Why? Even though the term “fake news” is a high trending topic today according to Google Trends, reporting “fake news” is not what professional journalists do. What do professional journalists do? How does today’s mobile phone technology help them accomplish how they report the news? Can this modern way of reporting also be considered a home education resource? Please continue reading to find out the answers to these questions.

Home education resource for people at a lacrosse college game.These citizen reporters are discussing a lacrosse game between Siena College and the University of Virginia.

  With the advent of mobile and multidigital devices, interest in receiving digital news peaked in 2011 and in early 2012. Much of the digital news experience evolved around searches. People looked for what they needed or wanted to know using search tools such as Google. A newer survey of more than 3,000 adults reported that a growing number of Americans have become multiplatform digital news consumers. According to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, these “digital mavens” get the latest news on each of the technology devices they own.

 The results of the Pew survey also showed that the reputation or brand of the news organization is an important determining factor when consumers choose where they want to receive their news coverage. This is more prevalent when it comes to consumer use of mobile devices when compared with the use of laptops or desktops for the consumer news experience. Although social media has become more widespread in recent years, news consumers don’t always rely on recommendations from friends for their news consumption choices.

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 A client-based mobile analytics firm, Localytics, learned that people spend more time using news apps on their smartphones and tablets. These news consumers visit more pages at a sitting and return to these news websites more often than when they are viewing the same news websites on conventional computers. This data reinforces older research findings demonstrating that people read more long-form news articles and visit other news sources on tablets. This growing information presents the idea that the move toward mobile news increases the number of news consumers. Doors of opportunity are opened to news producers producing news as a home education resource.

Home education resource lacrosse game camera reporters.Camera reporters capturing important plays during a collegiate lacrosse game.

How journalists use mobile phones to report the news

 There are five ways journalists can use their mobile phones and apps to venture into “mobile reporting.” Broadcast journalists dominate mobile reporting. This includes journalists who work in radio and use it for audio.

  1. Record and file audio clips.
  2. Action videos can be recorded during dramatic events.
  3. Use a smartphone to take photographs without drawing much attention to the journalist.
  4. Use Skype for live remote reporting.
  5. Software apps installed on smartphones help to file story copy on time.

In addition to mobile phone technology, social media helps journalists report the news. Social media channels can readily be accessed using a mobile phone device. Today’s journalists are using social media to research new stories and find hidden sources of news stories. 

You too can be a citizen reporter

The World Wide Web has changed everything. Bloggers can now be reporters. Mobile phone owners can become videographers. Anyone with access to social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter or other channels can edit or curate today’s news stories. Today the public can comment on live news stories turning those stories into a home education resource. 

Home education resource and man using a mobile phone.This man is using his mobile phone to record the action during a lacrosse match between Siena College and the University of Virginia.

A variety of news venues can move information quickly among a large group of people. However, the downside is that misinformation can also be spread within a larger population of news consumers. Reporters strive toward journalistic integrity in the social media world. In an era where journalists compete with the average citizen for the latest news stories, the role of journalists has become increasingly more important for them to “check out,” instead of spreading out this information. Journalists have a higher responsibility to accurately report the news in today’s social media environment.  

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