Any form of news or information regarding events, happenings or problems which are of interest to a specific audience. For instance, news related to political debate; sporting events; business and economic news, etc. Any news or information that the viewer is interested in can be quoted or published without restriction as long as it is not intended to cause criticism or attack on any government or other officials. Some media houses take up the job of collecting news and distributing them among different stakeholders in the society. The newspapers, channels and websites to keep a track of world news and present it for the viewing public with a view to disseminate news instantly wherever and whenever the situation calls for it.
Media literacy therefore, entails two important concepts, which are to be inculcated in the minds of people while dealing with any form of a news story or information. The first is that one should check if the information being given is true and if it is being passed on the right source. The other concept is media literacy and this involves developing one’s own opinion about any matter, irrespective of whether the news story or information is true or not. While dealing with any form of news or information, one should remember two cardinal things, which are truth and falsity.
According to the experts, it is important to develop one’s own perception for the purpose of maintaining social media literacy. It is seen that too much of anything is bad and too little of anything is good. So, for the purpose of social media literacy, it is advisable to avoid excessive faking of data, which is termed as false news. Moreover, to be on the safer side, all news and information should be verified through different sources, so that the users get the ultimate benefit of any piece of news or information and remain well-informed.