As a journalist and veteran of the field, I have collected information which has led me to understand that many reporters withhold key information when it comes to their reporting. There is a lot of misinformation in journalism – something that is focused on more often than we would like to admit these days. News weirdos delights are in fact very high; and it is much more than just the public interest in reading about celebrities or getting giddy over a misbehaving politician.
The only people who will be quick to jump on the news desk to blame them are those who have a vested interest in these stories. These are the fans of their particular celebrity, political figures, or celebrities and politicians that they dislike most.
These people will just love looking for patterns in what the news agencies say and how they do things. These patterns include how this story is being reported, what isn’t being said about it, and why it is happening at all. Most of these people are just using this for their own purposes – which will usually not be good ones. That is why it is important that we understand what journalists do with this information as well – to find out if they have any information they aren’t telling us.
1. Many stories are not reported.
From a direct perspective, not many stories are actually chosen to be brought to the public. Instead, those that are chosen to have their stories told have a lot of preparation and research done on them – much of which is a result of crowd sourcing information from their readers or viewers. This way they can make sure that their story will be well received by their audience.
Most major news agencies throughout the world will also have teams of people who manage this kind of crowdsourcing information as part of their research as well. These people will take all the inputs which come in about an event and assign each one an importance – with some being given more weight than others by researchers.
2. Not everything is written by a single person or by one news agency.
Rather than write everything down by hand and then send the story off once it is completed, many stories are worked on by writers at these agencies which are then sent to their fact checkers and throughout sources – in order to make sure that no mistakes are made in their reporting.
These sources will also be used to confirm details of the story as well, so that it can be added to the final version of the story. Many times these stories will have multiple writers working on them as well – ensuring that there are no inconsistencies about what has been said.
3. Footnotes aren’t written by reporters.
In order to make sure that they have unique information that has not been said before, reporters will often use what are known as footnotes – which are used to give further information about a story. These footnotes will usually be added in addition to the main article of their story, and will often be located in a different section of the newspaper.
4. Some stories are edited for length as well.
Many times when writing a story, they will go through and work on it with a concern for how much time it is taking or how much information needs to be given to their audience. This is often because there are only so many times that people will spend reading about the same story in a given period of time.
5. They often use sources that are biased.
In order to make sure that they have the most information possible about a story, these news agencies will oftentimes use what are known as biased sources – which are people who might have an interest in a specific outcome of the story. This can be anything from wanting to show that their person is innocent of a crime, or simply to show their support for someone that they like over someone else.
6. Journalists can be bought off.
Many times when there is a problem with a story – and the news agency is trying to get it fixed, they might decide to go through with what are known as bribery attempts. These bribes will typically take the form of monetary payments, or even stories themselves being fixed for a certain reason that those involved want. Sometimes these bribes will come from all different kinds of people – so that there is no way to know who is responsible for any corrupt actions that have been done.
7. Many stories are only reported because they are given financial support in some way or another.
In many cases, people who are being accused of crimes or even of being guilty of them will oftentimes be given financial support by people in certain places. This can come from groups that have some kind of interest in supporting them, or even from family members – as there is no way for them to get the money themselves. Many times these kinds of stories will just never be reported by the news agencies because they won’t want to expose where their money is coming from.