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What is the importance of building transparency in news media, and what would like to see? Any risks?

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As people have chatted with me about my TED ebook, Media Makeover: Improving The News One Click At a Time, many people of expressed their interest in having more transparency in the news. People are concerned about who is influencing the news (powerful people and organizations), are concerned that the news is just one big echo chamber and they are trusting media overall, less and less. What would you like to see in a more transparent media? What would you know more about that you don't know now?

Potential answers to this question are just about anything. Some people would like to know more about the background of the reporters telling the stories. Others have mentioned the desire to see more about those quoted in the stories.

Transparency is about understanding where something starts, what are the connections to it, who is influencing it, and how it is evolving. Lets come up with the wishes we would like to have fulfilled so we can know more about what underlies our news we consume each day!


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    Oct 28 2011: Do you think there should be much harder penalties for news stations that incorrectly report stories, or do not fact check their sources before publication/broadcasting?
    Are there any real short or long term incentives for news networks to put accuracy before meeting the demand for instant up to the minute news?
    • Oct 28 2011: I don''t think penalties are the answer. I think the people should DEMAND more transparency from their news sources.

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