Reading Response #5

This is what we’re reading over the next two weeks (remember, 10/12 is a holiday):

–Briggs Chapter 5

Kate Wesson, 10 Composition Tips For Taking Better iPhone Photos

Colleen Wilson, Pleasantville BOE leaving state org

Fergus Bell, Verification: Source vs. Content

Arthur Cusano, A Year Later, Pleasantville Murder Remains Unsolved

Fergus Bell writes about ways to verify whether photos and other information you get online represent the truth. Think about something you saw or read online that turned out not to be true. What was the weak link in the verification process–was it a problem with the source or the content?

Remember, the first person to comment should respond to this question and then pose a new question for the next commenter.


4 thoughts on “Reading Response #5

  1. A photo that I saw online that turned out to not to be true and fake was a National Geographic cover showing two of the Great Pyramids of Egypt. This photo weak link was the angle of the photo showing the two Pyramids close together, when in reality, the Pyramids where not that close together that angle with pyramids in the same shot could not be created in real life. It turned out that the photographer cropped in one of the pyramids to make them look closer and give the photo more excitement for the front page. @literate lux , I think those phony, unreliable sites should be taken down, but I don’t think they will because there is just so much out there that it would be tough to remove it all because there always seem to be another site appearing each day. Do you think journalists should be aloud to touch up a photo, even if it does not effect the story?


  2. In most cases I feel that there is always a focus put more on one side of the story than the other. Pictures are useful but they do not always give you a full picture of what actually happened in a situation. Ex. There might be a picture of five cops on one guy with a caption of “is this many cops needed?”. The viewer might think that the cops are using excessive force, when in reality the guy being held down had already taken down to cops by himself. People would not know that and would only be able to have an opinion based on the caption that they read. My question, what are ways that one could find reliable content?


    1. In response to the first question, I would have to agree that the source should absolutely be verifiable. If people wanted reliable content, they need to go to a reliable source that many people use and gives accurate information such as CNN or NBC or a popular newspaper for example. While reading the article I saw good points made by Fergus Bell. He says that being on the ground is very different from being in the newsroom. He also suggests that we look at previous posts from that same source and even ask questions because they “add value to the story”. Take Wikipedia for example, for years when I was younger I always used to go on Wikipedia to find information about a certain topic. When I found out afterwards that the content could be edited and changed, I stopped going to the site. Back when we were younger, everybody that I knew always went to Wikipedia for information. This is an example of a non verifiable source. Similar to Wikipedia, how many of these types of sites do you think are out there that nobody knows about and continues to use daily?


      1. I think nowadays the need for fact checking is more necessary than ever due to the fact that anyone can post something on the internet with their own opinion and views. I Remember when it used to come to research for papers I would always spend the majority of my time scouring websites just to make sure I found sites that were legitimate and were credible, because its always awkward if you are later reading and someone goes to the that site and the site is total speculation or not a credible as you thought. I think the best thing to do when trying to figure out if a source is to check out their about page and see how long they have been around. Personally think the amount of sites out there that could be phony are unknown due to how vast the internet can be. The question I pose is do you think those phony , unreliable sites should be taken down ?


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