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Mira Heineman, Staff Reporter

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There has been a lot of controversy on “fake news” lately.  President Trump claims that CNN, The Washington Post, and New York Times are fake news. How can you be sure whether the news you watch or read is real or fake.

Journalism has changed, it used to be typed out and printed, and everyone use to pick it up from stands and read it. Now people get their “news” from Facebook or Buzzfeed, or they don’t even know what’s going on in the world. The History of American journalism began in 1960. Journalism in America began as a humble affair and became a political force in the campaign for American independence. You can barely find any news that’s journalism any more. It’s usually just silly stories or false stories, but there are real great jurnalism left in the world. Just how do you know what’s real or not.

Being a genuine journalist is very important and essential to the field of news. Kathryn “Kate” Adie is an great  example of being a genuine journalist/reporter. she famously reported live and unscripted on the London Iranian Embassy siege in 1980, whilst crouched behind a car door amongst exploding smoke bombs and soldiers. She did a report unscripted which shows realness, and she risked life to report that shows being a great reporter. She is also freelance which I believe makes a more honest journalist. Networks sometimes can persuade someone into “bending” the truth, or working for such a big platform can make someone feel pressure to just put something out by a deadline. We need to remind ourselves and every other journalist needs to remind themselves to be the most honest they can be, so we can make a change in the journalism field. To make real news.

The ability to tell accurate news from fake news is an important skill that you’ll use for the rest of your life. How to know if news is fake. It cannot be verified, news articles may or may not have links in them. If they do they might not contain info about the topic at hand. The authors might not even be experts (journalists). Do research on the authors of articles that might seem fishy. It can’t be found anywhere else, if you look up the main idea of the article you might not find anything. The article may come from a fake site. Make sure the website has a credible url. Lastly make sure you don’t believe everything you read especially if it’s from a social media site or any other silly unheard of website. Do your research before believing in an article.

Jurnalism could go one of two ways. Journalism could exceed with the resources and technology we have these days, and new resources and technology that we have coming. Meaning teachers could use some of class time to have students read or watch the news, then have group conversation about the issues going on in the world around them. Maybe even have post one important topic going on in the world on their social media a month, to spread the word. Maybe journalist becoming more real with their stories, and in result of that them being taken more seriously again. From people taking them serious again, then people may get inspired to make a change just from reading an article.

Jurnalism could go is worse than it is now. The only news left is articles on facebook or funny representation of issues in the world on tv. We are all going to be to naive and dumb that we aren’t going to be able to tell the difference of real or fake news, and we are not going to care. Journalist becoming young adults talking about hippy topics. This could be a possibility of how jurnalism turns out, but there is a chance it wont.

The way of telling if an news article is fake is really thinking about you are reading, and doing your research. If we all get smarter about figuring out if something is false on our own, then maybe we can all shut down the fake article. If we all get an understanding of these things i see jurnalism going far.

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