Journalism 101: Can I trust the Internet?

As a longtime journalist, I did not have access to the Internet when I first started. But now, here we are — journalists all — using the Internet to research so many of our stories. Folks, it is easy to get complacent and start believing all that you read on the Internet. For example, I read two different lawn care company web sites — one of them said you SHOULD use slow-release fertilizer and why. If I hadn’t read the other one, I wouldn’t have known that some companies believe the OPPOSITE is true. You’ve got to call people and ask them to elaborate on what you’re reading — not just accept what you read at face value. The Internet provides names and phone numbers of people you can call to confirm what could have been written a year ago. Be diligent, fine young writers! Don’t trust everything you read 🙂

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