In today’s media, the question, “what is news?” is as enigmatic, “what is truth?” two thousand years ago.
Events of the past decade – Non-living things occurring naturally, meaning in this case not artificial – make us more and more aware that what many people believe to be the news, meaning factual information about a person or event, may not be reality.
There are at least three problem areas when it comes to coverage of news and information today, especially in other parts of the world.
First, the limitation/demands of the media mean that much good information never gets through to the public because of space or time Constraints It also means that, particularly on Digital Media, the news selected and the amount of time given to it may depend, and the more action the better.
Secondly, bias, whether ideological, inevitably affects the way events are reported, edited, and presented. Although journalists strive to be “objective,” that is completely possible in reality.
The third area of concern is that today, information is power, and those with access to information can manipulate it — and the media trying to cover it — for their own purposes. Needless to say, it is difficult for even the most assiduous news team to find out the facts when information is Concealed or even distorted by those who have access to it, whether that government and corporation.
But for those on the receiving end of the news, and that is all of us most of the time, such an analysis isn’t much help. It is also important, they believe, to distinguish between the many uses we may have for information.
The Asia Live objectives and need
- To fake news awareness of local people, media, and political leaders
- To enhance the local capacity in media conservation via an education program
- To recognize the hidden conservation heroes and sheroes of South Asia (including international too)
- To do research on the current situation and circumstances
- To do an investigative story
- To do truthful and fact full information deliver
We, at TheAsiaLive, are a group of committed news professionals and are looking for people who share a passion for journalism and story-telling.
We aren’t really looking to fit people into strict beats or roles, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore and experiment across audiovisual and written formats. What we are looking for is energy, enthusiasm, and a commitment to independent news.
Ability to move anywhere. Flexibility and lateral movement that no one company will give you to maximize your potential.
Irreverence that no media house has — both within and outside. We don’t operate within old-school hierarchies.
Loads and loads of growth with a truly collaborative approach. We’re a diverse crowd who are never limited to just their roles and positions. Everybody chips in, as we all believe that independent media is the future.
- Reporting truth and standing up to power can come at a cost. We have the highest standards of free and fair journalism, yet we sometimes get legal notices and are intimidated with legal action to stop us from reporting the truth.
- While the law protects us, it can often be a long-drawn process in court, with a significant cost – time and money.
- We don’t depend on advertisers – governments or corporations. We depend on you. Our transparency is our strength, as are you. Help us fund our legal battles.
Fake News Spread: Raising Awareness
We are defining “fake news” as those news stories that are false: the story itself is fabricated, with no verifiable facts, sources or quotes.
Sometimes these stories may be propaganda that is intentionally designed to mislead the reader or maybe designed as “clickbait” written for economic incentives (the writer profits on the number of people who click on the story). In recent years, fake news stories have proliferated via social media, in part because they are so easily and quickly shared online.
The universe of “fake news” is much larger than simply false news stories. Some stories may have a nugget of truth but lack any contextualizing details. They may not include any verifiable facts or sources.
Some stories may include basic verifiable facts, but are written using language that is deliberately inflammatory, leaves out pertinent details, or only presents one viewpoint. “Fake news” exists within a larger ecosystem of mis- and disinformation.