Several months ago, I posted that I relied on media, my friends, and the news to keep me current with what is going on in the world. I still rely on these sources, but with an added layer. I no longer accept what one person says as being the truth. I have discovered that the truth can be skewed. We need to research the fact using a variety of sources. It’s quick and easy. I found that Google News is a great resource to go just this. Pick a news story and all the links and videos are a click away on the particular news story.
Writers, being for news organizations or blogs, have the ethical responsibility to report news accurately and fairly. They need to state if they are biased or prejudiced and should be held to the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics. Not upholding the SPJ Code of Ethics can be detrimental in some cases. If a person is reviewing a restaurant or some type of service, their review could make or break a business. Using the SPJ Code of Ethics would help prevent malicious use of media for a personal vendetta.
Fortunately, becoming media literate helps to avoid such unethical behavior such as someone purposely giving a business a bad review. Consumers of the media should be required to take some type of training to better inform them of ethical behaviors. If this were possible, the world wide web would be a better place.