Education - Its Impact on Our News?
So, there's no doubt that education is an integral part of the modern world and it can influence so many things. But the real question is whether it'll have an impact on the news.
Many people have questioned whether education can help with the news and whether it can have an impact on what we see and process, and so we're going to be weighing in here and seeing it whether it does or not.
Modern Media - The Problem
The problem with modern media, as has been the case for hundreds of years actually, is that it does have a slant on it. Creating a news article that doesn't have a bias is tricky regardless of skill level because human beings aren't entirely impartial. As it is, however, a lot of newspapers do manage to report factually on things, and some are reputable sources of information.
However, context is critical when looking at a news article, and it takes someone who's pretty on the ball to make sure that they're not just caught up with the fuss and the rumours. Speaking on the subject is Mr Tom Whale, who's a manager of marketing at Oxford Summer School, and he says that 'of course bias is present in all materials that you read every day, and so we try to encourage children to read with their heads and not their hearts in certain situations. We try and promote a critical eye and an unbiased interpretation of the facts because it's an important skill set to have'.
Media - Can it Be Changed?
Of course, with so many news companies looking for fresh stories and something to talk about, bias seems to be an eventuality.
The step forward is probably a more careful regulation of news. Perhaps the journalists of tomorrow will approach things with a more cautious eye and a commitment to finding all of the facts before concluding.
Alternatively, perhaps it's a question of watching the smaller news platforms rising and replacing the current market. We've seen for years that when you look at a smaller company which has no agenda and no real aim but to present news, you tend to get a more accurate approach and something which allows readers to conclude for themselves. In many cases, this is preferable to a bias, puff piece.
Overall, we believe that when it comes to the media, there is a definite link to education. Being able to see past the slants and the beliefs to get the facts does require a good grounding in how to spot them, it's not something that everyone can do. Media platforms should be more unbias and should try to present the facts, but this is not always possible. Therefore, you have to try and make sure that you are looking out for the information in its raw form, and that you learn how to identify where the good companies are (hello!). Fake news and slants are everywhere, so you have to be vigilant.