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Online News

An exploration of the world of Online news by students at Swinburne University
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on 18 May 2013

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Accuracy – this site incorporates news and current affairs up to date and current. This assists in proving the accuracy of this site.
Objectivity – the site is used as which it suggests an online TV channel, the information is fact. There is definitely commercial intent, however no conflict of interest on the part of the source.
Timelines – the copyright information is up to date showing 2013, the overall information is current, which proves up to date currency. 2 Believed Dead CONS
It is typically for channel 7 an Australian based TV station. I found that for viewers who viewed from other countries would have difficulty as there is no choice of language to view.
An interesting and credible site, definitely one I would recommend without hesitation. The introduction showed citation. Pros have shown that credibility is valid by way of accuracy, objectivity and timelines. There is enough supporting evidence on this website. Cons have shown that viewing from outside Australia could prove difficult to some.

Reference Yahoo7 2013, 7 News, Yahoo 7, viewed 5 May 2013,
http://au.news.yahoo.com/video/national/ 2 Believed Dead Channel 7 is a typical Australian based TV station. I found that people viewing in other countries may have difficulty as there is no choice of language to view.
An interesting and credible site. The introduction showed citation. Pros have shown that credibility is valid by way of accuracy, objectivity and timelines. There is enough supporting evidence on this website. Cons have shown that viewing from outside Australia could prove difficult to some. Yahoo7 2013, 7 News, Yahoo 7, viewed 5 May 2013,http://au.news.yahoo.com/video/national/ CONS
It is typically for channel 7 an Australian based TV station. I found that for viewers who viewed from other countries would have difficulty as there is no choice of language to view.
An interesting and credible site, definitely one I would recommend without hesitation. The introduction showed citation. Pros have shown that credibility is valid by way of accuracy, objectivity and timelines. There is enough supporting evidence on this website. Cons have shown that viewing from outside Australia could prove difficult to some.

Reference Yahoo7 2013, 7 News, Yahoo 7, viewed 5 May 2013,
http://au.news.yahoo.com/video/national/ Online News Twitter Online newspapers Online news agencies Online magazines Online TV channels There are tens of thousands of online newspapers on the WWW, with almost all being free to view Top 5 Australian Online Newspapers as accessed last month<http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/Top50/Top50-CurrentAustralia.htm> The most popular online news site worldwide, Yahoo News, boast >100,000,000 unique views/month <http://www.ebizmba.com/articles/news-websites> The gap between TV news and online news is rapidly closing with the internet news already overtaking print news People, especially the young, are turning to the Internet for more and more of their news. 1993 – The birth of the Online newspaper The first newspaper to be published to the World Wide Web was “The Tech” in 1993 – a student run publication from Massachusetts Institute of Technology! ADVERTISEMENTS POLITICAL ALLIANCE VISUAL FATIGUE MAINTENANCE THE BAD COST OPINIONS MULTIMEDIA ACCURACY IMMEDIACY TANGIBILITY THE GOOD Use of citations - this is something that is usually done quite well. It is always quite common within online news to quote words from the people or subjects the news is about, otherwise without this criteria, it may be hard for some readers to believe what is trying to be conveyed to the public. Use of Citations Accuracy – obviously news stories need to ‘pack a punch’ and Reuters is no different. So in terms of accuracy, yes the stories are accurate to a point, but when it comes to the finer detail, there is no way to determine whether or not this online news agency is 100% accurate in the stories it delivers unless you have first hand knowledge. Accuracy By working through 4 main criteria below, we can determine just how informative this is as a source of online news:
Accuracy
Objectivity
Use of Citations
Timeliness (Up To Date) Criteria Reuters
Reuters.com is a popular website which brings you the latest news from around the world. It covers breaking news in areas such as business, politics, entertainment, technology, and more (Reuters 2013)




(2013) [ONLINE] Available at: www.reuters.com [Last Accessed 11 May 2013]. Timeliness (Up To Date) - this also is something that is generally adhered to within online news agencies. If the information being presented is not up to date, this can then result in views or ‘hits’ to this online source deteriorating and readers searching elsewhere for their up to date breaking news. Timeliness (Up To Date) Objectivity – again, similar to the first point, for the authors of these stories to remain objective, it could mean the loss of interest by many readers as the news could come across quite lifeless – so for this particular criteria, there would also be no way of guaranteeing the objectivity of what is put forward. Objectivity The rapidly evolving phenomenon of Online News has numerous sub-branches which allow the world to engage in what's 'breaking' at any given time.
An exploration of this, through some of the most popular forms, analyses strengths and weaknesses and how credible and reliable they are when it comes to being viewed by the public audience as 'breaking news'. In conclusion it is evident, there are multiple forms of news accessible online and each has its own strengths or weaknesses. By taking a basic criteria and applying it to each source, shows where the more valuable and credible online sources lie and which ones are not so reliable for 'breaking news'. Twitter is an online social networking website, that allows users to post and read short messages of up to 140 characters, known as “tweets”.

Launched in July of 2006 by Jack Dorsey,
Twitter is now in the top 10 most visited internet sites. (Twitter Statistics 2012) Twitter Statistics 2012, statisticbrain.com, viewed 30 April 2013, <http://www.statisticbrain.com/twitter-statistics/>. Twitters strength and popularity lie in its timeliness. Tweets are real-time, as events are happening or 'breaking' and often before traditional media services have had the chance to get information.
There are countless examples of this, most recently the Boston Marathon bombing where the the Boston Police used to Twitter extensively to communicate with the public on broadcasting and collecting information.
Not long after the explosion, the Boston Police Department's official Twitter feed was devoted to information about the attacks. (Musil, 2013) Musil, S 2013, ‘Boston Police turn to twitter for tips after twin bombings’,Cnet.com, viewed April 20 2013, <http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57579727-93/boston-police-turn-to-twitter-for-tips-after-twin-bombings/> There is much debate about the credibility of twitter as a news forum.
As it rapidly becomes more popular and one of the main sources of real-time ‘breaking news’, journalists are developing methods to verify the validity of tweets and tweeters.
Here Irish journalist Markham Nolan explains how, through some fascinating internet research, tweets can be validated in incredibly quick timescales and then credibly broadcast out by other online media sources. TEDtalksDirector 2012, Markham Nolan: How to separate fact and fiction online, 11 December, viewed 20 April 2013,<http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=sNV4yIyXXX0>. Often tweets will have a link back to a main website that can be sited for more information and to assert the validity of the tweeter or the information.
High profile figures and brands have their reputations as credibility and millions of followers.
The tweet by @barackobama ‘Four more years‘ was the most retweeted tweet in history. McIntyre, M 2012, ‘Barack Obama victory tweet becomes most retweeted ever’, theguardian.co.uk, viewed 5 May 2013,< http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/07/how-barack-obama-celebrated-twitter> The principal of twitter is that each user decides on their own content or ‘twitterfeed’ by choosing who they follow. You customise the news you want to receive, the choice is yours to make it objective and varied or not.
As Tremblay (2010) states – "there is a science to the quest for creating the right network. It’s an empirical process, one that requires lots of time and thought and effort. And the search for the best sources of news never ends." Tremblay, J 2010, ‘Twitter: Can It Be a Reliable Source of News?’, Neiman Reports, viewed 10 May 2013, <http://www.nieman.harvard.edu/reports/article/102416/Twitter-Can-It-Be-a-Reliable-Source-of-News.aspx> <http://tech.mit.edu/about/index>ml <http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/digital-transform/print-and-broadcast-news-vs-internet/> Online In the late 1990’s organises started to develop their own email and websites enabling them to communicate in a new and different way for the first time. This was to be the beginning of online news.

Development of websites continued into the year 2000 with websites developed allowing video’s to be uploaded and posted easily. This new development in online news created an initial dilemma, as news organisations were unsure if they should put their most current news on the internet first or to wait until after they broadcast this on-air first. 2 Believed Dead Fears over bridge safety http://au.news.yahoo.com/video/national/ There are so many sites containing the opportunity to view TV Channels in the big wide world of web! One certainly needs to ensure that this is credible before recommending to anyone. Check out this internet based TV channel for example:

Take a look at it and see if you agree on the strengths and weaknesses and credibility of this site. Yahoo7 2013, 7 News, Yahoo 7, viewed 5 May 2013,
http://au.news.yahoo.com/video/national/ About.com Media 2013, TV News History over the Past 50 Years, About.com, viewed 16 May 2013, http://media.about.com/od/mediatrends/a/Tv-News-History-Of-The-Past-50-Years.htm There are tens of thousands of online newspapers on the WWW, with almost all being free to view Top 5 Australian Online Newspapers as accessed last month The future
In the U.S alone, the average age of a newspaper reader is 57 with two thirds of readers over the age of 45. If this demographic doesn't change, the death of the printed newspaper is guaranteed in the future. The most popular online news site worldwide, Yahoo News, boast >100,000,000 unique views/month <http://www.ebizmba.com/articles/news-websites> Online Magazines THE MONTHLY

The Monthly is one of Australia's boldest voices, providing enlightening commentary and vigorous, sometimes controversial, debate on the issues that impact the nation. Home to our finest thinkers, journalists and critics, the magazine features investigative reportage, critical essays, thoughtful reviews and whimsical reflections on the state of affairs. (The Monthly 2013)
(2013) [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.themonthly.com.au/about [Last Accessed 15 May 2013]. Accuracy - The Monthly articles are quite accurate as they are researched fact, and people get interviewed and their words and opinions are quoted in the articles.


Objectivity - The Monthly has no commercial intent therefore objectivity is affected by the need for just a made up good news story or something to do with pop culture... however overall the magazine is not objective and can be very critical and does bring the writers thoughts into it. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_I62_5bOPuzs/TMFxvzTHlDI/AAAAAAAAABM/35iJ-ZLzNTg/s1600/Truth-Lies.gif



Annear, R 2013, ‘Hashtag Feminism: Destroying The Joint’, The Monthly, viewed 15 May 2013, <http://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2013/may/1366950579/robyn-annear/hashtag-feminism> Links/use of citations - No embedded links or embedded citations are used in these articles, which make it lack extra credibility. Citations however are used in these articles, which gives the reader the chance to look up that piece of information therefore helping its overall credibility.


Timeliness (Up to date) - The Monthly is exactly that: they post articles for each month, therefore their current issue is May 2013, so the information provided is timely for up to a month. It misses the chance however for breaking news stories because of this.
Overall, the articles are quite up to date. http://www.john-zhu.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/objectivity.jpg http://www.ikea.com/au/en/images/products/pugg-wall-clock__13080_PE040801_S4.jpg In the late 1990’s organises started to develop their own email and websites enabling them to communicate in a new and different way for the first time. This was to be the beginning of online news.

Development of websites continued into the year 2000 with websites developed allowing video’s to be uploaded and posted easily. This new development in online news created an initial dilemma, as news organisations were unsure if they should put their most current news on the internet first or to wait until after they broadcast this on-air first. About.com Media 2013, TV News History over the Past 50 Years, About.com, viewed 16 May 2013, http://media.about.com/od/mediatrends/a/Tv-News-History-Of-The-Past-50-Years.htm <http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/Top50/Top50-CurrentAustralia.htm> (www.newspaperdeathwatch.com 2013, viewed May 7th 2013>
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