At media forum Polosin raises issue of information quality standard in Internet media
Saint-Petersburg, 2 April 2017. PenzaNews. The rapid growth of the Internet media, some of which were established by the people who have nothing to do with journalism, leads to the decrease of the content quality and the failure to comply with generally accepted principles of mass media work. Such opinion was expressed by the editor-in-chief of the Penza information agency PenzaNews Pavel Polosin.
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"According to our calculations, the Penza region has about 50 websites that in this or that way deal with Internet news. It goes without saying that it is quite a lot for 1,300,000 people. However, not all of these websites create content of good quality," he noted giving a speech at the section dedicated to the Internet media, which was held within the framework of the forum of ANF "Truth and Justice" in Saint-Petersburg on Sunday, April 2.
Pavel Polosin drew attention to the fact that many of newly created portals do not belong to officially registered mass media and do not comply with set requirements, but at the same time, they want to have corresponding rights including accreditation for events and receiving answers to editorial queries within the established by law term.
"There is another important point. Mass media are established by people who have nothing to do with journalism. There are a lot of such people among them who pursue business interests, or want to satisfy political or personal ambitions. There are websites that try to influence the authorities just to be noticed," the editor-in-chief of PenzaNews said.
He added that as a result, the amount of unverified, inaccurate, illiterate and even false information about the region, its companies or certain people increases on the Internet.
According to Pavel Polosin, despite the seriousness of the issue, which is becoming global, neither the authorities, nor the professional community considers it necessary to solve it.
"No-one wants to set information quality standards in the mass media. No-one wants to confront the flows of mud that pours from such grounds. I am more than sure that such trend is observed in other regions. Not only in the Penza region," he noted.