As the Internet reaches the masses print media is struggling to keep up. Once a weekly journal, The Eastern Post, was forced to transition to a monthly publication. It has come under scrutiny for being one-sided and highlighting and projecting only Muslim problems. However, the publication argued that all of its journalists must be impartial so that they simply shared the information, allowing readers to draw their own conclusions. Reported news must be fact-checked so that only accurate information is shared with the public. The Eastern Post aims to bring about change in West Bengal by sharing unbiased information related to news and happenings that directly affect communities throughout the region.
This issue of providing news that is solely based on facts and is of growing importance as more and more people get their news from social media. The responsibility of factual reporting falls on the shoulders of journalists and publications they write for, given that human nature is to simply share content without fully reading, understanding, or double-checking that what they are sharing is true.
The power of media is immense and serves as the fourth pillar of democracy. The media can insight a revolt against existing governments and can reshape public opinion. Therefore, those in the media are responsible for making sure the content that they publish is not inflammatory but rather focuses on the facts of the issues affecting their audience.