What Does the News Agency Do to Ensure That You Get the News?
There was an interesting article in the New York Times on February 12th in an article titled; “Dwindling Oil Suppliers Lead to Gold Prices.” In this article it was mentioned that the United States was losing its grip on oil, which would be bad news for the economic status in the country. In fact, the United States was one of the biggest oil exporters in the world, so if that country’s economy were to take a huge hit because of their dependence on oil – which is crucial to our national security – that would surely have a significant negative impact on the American economy as well.
So what should we be looking out for? Well, if the United States is losing its grip on oil, that means there will be less news services abroad reporting from the field, less television cameras and perhaps fewer newspapers either. If international news agencies have to reduce their presence because of the dwindling number of oil rigs in the world, what effect will that have on the quality of the news being disseminated? Are the correspondents for the news agencies less qualified than before? What can we expect from the global news agencies?
It’s always important for any news agency, whether it’s state or independent, to maintain high standards, and to ensure that all of its employees are fully-trained in how to use high tech equipment. You may recall that during the Arab Spring uprisings, many reporters got arrested for taking inappropriate photos or making unprofessional videos. The news agency had to issue an apology to its subscribers and also fire all of its employees who were involved in the situation. The same thing happened when there was a strike by several airlines against US airlines over the summer. Even though there were no deaths reported as a result of the conflict, there were reports of disruption of flights in the region, and there were plenty of accidents that took place.
Does this mean that the quality of the news agencies has declined over the years? Certainly not! But it’s likely that more news agencies are operating as purely advertising organizations. They now sell space in their publications on certain topics, and their news reports often refer to the products or services that their parent company offers. If your global news agency is run primarily on advertisements, it will lose sight of its original mission, and it won’t be able to provide you with the quality of reporting that you need to make your investment worthwhile. And don’t forget that all news agencies have budgets to cover and are subject to government regulation.
So what can you do to ensure that your news agency provides you with the very best in news and information? First of all, don’t be afraid to question how much information the news agency is able to provide you with. Take some time to check out their website, and also read their press releases and customer testimonials. Make sure that the news agency is providing you with a complete picture of their capabilities.
Don’t be afraid to ask for documentation to back up any claims the news agencies make. There’s nothing wrong with being thorough! Remember: the news is supposed to be your friend. If the news agency is unable to offer you evidence that their product or service lives up to your highest expectations, then perhaps you should look elsewhere. Many news agencies are working hard to earn your business, but you need to make sure that your investment is really worth it!