What Constitutes a Credible Source?

by Tara

The advanced technology has changed the way a journalist look for answers to their questions. The internet search engines has enabled to provide answers and guides on everything from home. Yet, the information gathered does not make writing a piece of story easier. The search engines could provide a journalist with interesting tips and leads to their story but these information may be based on an opinion and not factual.

The best way to find a credible source is by conducting interviews, either by telephone or face to face. This is because, they get their leads and tips directly from their source. The sources should be checked before they are mentioned in the story.

A named source is always preferable to an unnamed source (Reuters, 2015).

There are three main parts in identifying a credible online source. The Online Journalism Blog has mentioned these three important parts, which are content, which includes how realistic the story is and is the story up to date; context, where the information is posted and do you trust the source; and finally coding, checking the domain extensions, example .edu and .gov and use the whois service to check if the website is a hoax.

To verify a credible online source is to find at least three authority sites who are mentioned. For example, start with the official government sites, education sites and sites that are run by huge companies.

Finding a credible and unbiased source can add extra information or more views to a story that other news sites may not provide. In conclusion, it is a must for a journalists to make sure their source are credible as it is their duty to provide an accurate news to the public.