The findings in this report (“online news people also believe that the Internet is changing the fundamental values of journalism—and more often than not for the worse”) remind me of some interesting questions. As print news sources become increasingly less viable and online news proliferates, how do consumers determine which sources are reliable? There is an overabundance of news on the Web. At this time, it seems that most people fact-check a story by visiting the Web site of a trusted brand such as The Washington Post or The New York Times. But where does that leave individuals who are looking for local news if their community paper folds?
I think it will be incumbent upon readers to think more critically about their source. Who is writing the news piece? What are their affiliations? Who sponsors the Web site? What are their motives? An analytical reader will always ask these questions, and will seek out the “other side of the story.” As online news sources become more numerous, we will need to be more diligent in finding that other side.