Definition of news:
…..according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary: “a report of recent events”
….according to the Urban Dictionary: “A TV show, in which topical, current real or fictitious events are used as the basis for made-up stories, and/or discussions.”
Where we get our information from matters. In the example above, one remains unbiased, while the other is sure to share its opinion. In society, the ethicality of news sources has come to question, and most people have given up.
The First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” We, as citizens of the United States, have freedom of the press and freedom of speech–but are we abusing it?
Last summer, I shadowed John Fox, the editor of Cincinnati Magazine. While talking to the media editor, Kevin Shultz, I was asked why I wanted to become a journalist: hasn’t the media disheartened you?” he said. I replied, “No, because I feel that we are all adapting to technology and how we can display information over this new platform. I believe that media and news can be ethical and unbiased and interesting once we’ve adapted to technology.” He nodded knowing all too well that I had my hopes set high. He told me to keep following my goals–and that is my plan.
However, in order to achieve accurate public discourse, we need to unlock the key to knowledge–accurate knowledge–on the internet. Today, information is mixed with misinformation and only half-truths and complete lies. For a teenager, a colorful background, with a captivating title and easy-to-read words seems like a more pleasant article than a confusing politically-worded article that doesn’t seem to effect our lives (for some, but not all). This can be dangerous due to the fact that we, teenagers, are the future of the press. If we’ve been influenced by this “fluff”, what is the future of news going to look like?
When I look into the future of news, I don’t see it “dying” like some sources seem to believe may happen. Instead, I see it growing into a network of knowledge. The difference between news in the future and news when it first “began” is that people had to actually seek out information. Now, the internet is where people go to have the answer given to them. The sources that pop up on home screens and front pages are eye-catching headlines, but with no groundwork–leading to a misinformed population.
My proposal for the future of news is a platform open to everyone. Each news organization works together to puts out information that is accurate, unbiased, and ethical. The news will be easily accessible–or even the first thing that pops up when you open your device. If each news organization works together in their part of the world, the accuracy of the news will be greater and more credible.
Even though this idea seems large and unachievable, the easiest thing we can begin with is promoting ethical, unbiased news rather than what seems “eye-catching”. As the internet evolves, I predict that more news sources will begin to work hand-in-hand. If not, our knowledge will start to move farther and farther apart–giving the informed more power over the uninformed.