The news and media havealways been a major influence in American culture.
Most of the people in theUnited States have always been participants when it comes to media coverage andthe news is always there to catch the event and broadcast it for the world tosee. On the other hand, regular people have the ability to capture momentsthemselves with the use of their smartphones and record events and either livestream the event or post the recorded video on social media. Reporters that arebroadcasting information on the news or social media have a responsibility tomake sure that what is being reported comes from credible sources. The mediadoes have a social responsibility to accurately report the news. When you turnon the TV or read an article on the internet, terms such as “Fake News” arewidely mentioned or argumentative politicians bicker over events orregulations. It is the responsibility for the reporter or media to gather allthe facts before spreading the information in an article or news program. The role of the information and news media is importantwhen it involves any politician’s opinions or politics as a whole.
The mediacan be very influential when it comes to how the public assesses their views onpolitics. The media has the responsibility to gather information from crediblesources and report the truth. If the media is misinformed or lacks the drive topursue the truth, then the majority of the public suffers from receiving thewrong information. This has a huge impact on the minds of different individualswhich can confuse them or sway them to elect certain politicians. For example,in the 2016 Presidential election, almost all of the news networks projectedHillary Clinton to be the next President of the United States. This mediaexposure allowed me to believe that she could slightly win over Donald Trump.That was not the case and President Trump overwhelmingly won over HillaryClinton. It was not even close.
I do not know if the media was misinformed andreported the news or most of the networks slightly favored the Democraticcandidate. The Presidential elections showed me that there are still flaws inthe reporting system and that is something the media has to work on. Electronic media and the convergencehas transformed journalism and news consumption.
The convergence of electronicmedia dramatically changed journalism due to the new digital technology havinga better turnaround. For example, several years back, people would have to waitfor the next day to read a newspaper. With today’s technology, news media areable to have a faster turnaround to report the news either through differentapplications on your phone or through the internet. It is also faster andreadily available on your smartphone with real time updates.