Understanding the Components of News Analysis

George Kary
Feb 27, 2018 · 4 min read

News analysis relies on a multitude of different elements coming together, just as much as factual analysis relies on perception. Components that directly, on one level or another, correlate with each other in order to create the most objective overview that we can muster as information receivers.

With a frighteningly high number of news content produced daily, it appears to be counter-productive to adhere to a factual and objective news analysis process when the world around us revolves in seconds. Such a process is lengthy and a costly one, if it is to be done correctly.

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FightHoax takes the various elements that make up a story, such as who is behind the news piece, the history of the publication, the language used and the different perspectives of the topic into consideration, in order to create a consistent overall view, as a result. The algorithm follows a similar pattern to what would you do as a person, as in, cross-check and analyse what you’re reading, in the most objective manner possible.

6 major aspects represent the backbone of any news piece or article of public information, as they offer a key insight into what makes a story, a story.

1) The Author

2) The Bias

“Perception falls under the scope of opinion.”

Journalism is hitherto an objective study and application of knowledge. It is necessary however to consider the psychological aspect of how people and organisations composed of people, perceive and understand news, as perception falls under the scope of individual and/or group opinions.

3) The Emotions

We need to regard the marketing side of a story, as journalism is widely formed as a for-profit activity, either for the individual and / or the organisation. This is where click-baiting originates, as it adheres directly to your emotions as a reader — the stronger the emotion, the higher the impression. As a result, emotions add weight to the perception bias.

4) The Facts

It is important to consider that the factual aspect of the analysis is a rather dynamic one. Human error and response are also key parts of the overall view. Simply put, even a source with the most reliable track record can adhere to factual mistakes and, thus, understanding how it responds to them is of crucial importance to our factual reporting.

5) The Title

6) The Language

Naturally, however, we need to regard human error and its correlation with both publishing time and deadlines and, of course, the real impact of proof-reading which is, more often than not, based on human abilities. Simply put, lack of total perfection is usually a verification of genuine content.

In Summary

It is therefore crucial to combine knowledge and technology, rather than relying on the latter solely, to tell us what is true and what is not.

FightHoax

A technology company specialising in contextual data for…

George Kary

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I turn ideas into actions. — Director of Operations @Pixelocracy http://georgekary.com/

FightHoax

FightHoax

A technology company specialising in contextual data for programmatic advertising.

George Kary

Written by

I turn ideas into actions. — Director of Operations @Pixelocracy http://georgekary.com/

FightHoax

FightHoax

A technology company specialising in contextual data for programmatic advertising.

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