As journalists, we risk being recognized for our flaws and are challenged with the continuously developing technology which can change the way we create and share news. Wingspan has chosen to do away with the old and bring in the new as we reintroduce accuracy checking in our reporting and count down the days until we launch our new and revamped website.
“Ratings don’t last,” journalist and former anchor for CBS Evening News Dan Rather once said. “Good journalism does.”
News reports would later suggest that Rather followed his own wisdom, and found himself in controversy over a reportedly questionable news report involving President George W. Bush’s service in the military. It was this dispute that ended with him leaving CBS.
Since his retirement, Rather has spoken out to future journalists and reminded a Seattle audience back in 2006 that “whether it’s city hall, the state house, or the White House, part of our job is to speak truth to power.”
Even though Rather’s situation was labeled controversial, his quotes are nowhere near debatable when it come to the journalism industry.
So, what does this have to do with accuracy and fact-checking? Good journalism starts with reporting the truth, and popularity only exists if the audience continues to have faith and trust in the publication’s reporting. That is exactly why Wingspan will be returning to an accuracy checklist.
Reporters will be responsible for double checking the spelling of their sources name and proper title. They will also be required to check the facts in their story and verify them with the sources to avoid inaccuracy.
The news media is under fire, accused of lacking credibility and having biased news content. By correcting mistakes and fact-checking with sources, Wingspan is teaching future journalists to go against what the president labels “fake news” and fight for the heart of journalism by reporting with both truthfulness and objectivity.
Along with practicing accuracy, Wingspan is launching a new website with the help of a content management system called WordPress. This system has put opened up endless opportunities for organizations such as Wingspan.
With WordPress reporters, employees, and instructors can access the Wingspan website from any location with internet connection.
By implementing WordPress, reporters are also able to learn the ins and outs of website design and have the opportunity to post and publish stories on the Wingspan website. Jake Sherlock, instructor and designer of the new Wingspan website, said that if a student knows how to run WordPress then they will have the capability to work with any other content management system in the industry.
With fewer restraints, Wingspan online has spread its wings and is ready to embark on a virtual journey that will soon evolve the organization into a world of technology.