Making News: The Role of the Media
When one watches news on television, the typical thing that comes to mind is someone reporting in the local news or around the world. But there are other ways that news is being delivered other than directly from the news stations. For example, newspapers have several sections devoted to all sorts of news. There is also news magazines, and there are online news services that publish news throughout the day (and night).
There are some news stories that are reported as “odditorial” news stories, which means that they were reported by someone not employed by a news organization. An example would be: “A school in Ohio announced that it will offer its students a chance to earn college credit through its bookstore.” An example of an editorial news story is a recent breaking news story on some local cable television channels. These types of stories usually make no mention of the fact that the person who is reporting or doing the reporting does not work for or have any stake in the news organization that is reporting the news story.
The reporting and editing of news stories are determined by many factors, including the nature of the news, the audience that will be hearing the story, the perspective of the journalist covering the story, and the specific information that the journalist can provide. While traditional media such as television and radio may be considered the more traditional forms of journalism, there has been a recent trend in recent years towards reporting and editing news stories that fall under the “blog” category. In addition to providing a point of view, these blogs allow for a level of credibility that traditional forms of journalism do not offer.