Online news: to be credible through integrating diversified forms and source

Usually, traditional and official media are thought to be more credible than those online ones. However, when reading the article ’Children having children: no school for young brides in Nepal’ which was published on the Global Voice, a largely volunteer online community, I discovered that this shortfall could be overcome successfully.

First of all, this article wisely chose the various news sources, including authoritative organisations like UNFPA, famous fellow media like the Guardian and professional researchers like Raj Kumar Mahato. Within the text content, the source from the official authorities and fellow journalists occupy the main body of the article, which confirms conclusion in the article.

In addition, it successfully utilised different journalism forms to strengthen its credibility. Besides the texts, the article added journalistic photos and videos into the news, which efficiently explained the current situations and reason of girls’ dropout in Nepal.

Finally, it creatively screenshot the twits (including comments) and pasted them into the story. As traditional news articles, objectivity is the basic norm and journalists cannot express own opinion. However, as Logan Molyneux said in his article, retweeting focuses more on commentary rather than news. The Global Voice pasted the tweets in texts, just like another way of retweeting, By this way, journalists can obviously show their debate and criticize the child brides in Nepal.


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