Now with Wrestlemania in the rear view even though some sites take the chance to recap the event I think some should also put out an advisory for you guys and gals. In this article I am not going to run down any particular site, because that isn't the purpose of this even though I am sure I could just based on suspect reporting of the past. However, I am not a wrestling news site and have never pretended to be one so I will leave those type of fights to the sites that fit such a description. For anyone wondering we here at Wrestling Express consider this site to be an informational website where fans come to learn about wrestling's past and read opinions from fans who are extremely passionate about the profession.
If I could offer some advice to you the reader though with the post Wrestlemania surge being a very busy time for the "sheets" I would hope that you all will not jump to conclusions about reports. For example, if one site has a report on someone's post Wrestlemania plans and another site has a contradictory report it would be better to keep looking around or ask a friend to try and help figure it out, Fact of the matter is that is one of the issues with our social media community, because one fake story could gain so much momentum even if it doesn't have a proper foundation.
The one critic of what I just said is why should the reader have to do research that a writer should be taking care of before they publish the story. You'd be right! Sometimes an online writer choses to publish an article without doing much research for two reasons: one being that there is a rush for writers to be the first one to publish breaking news. The lacking research also would allow for more content to be able to be gained from the breaking news even if you don't need to split it up. It is likely that the other reason is, because leaving out details or not knowing all the details of the situation could make a boring story more interesting.
In my opinion, there is No Reason for a writer to report a story without all the details known unless they make clear that all details aren't know yet. The reason for this is that your doing a disservice to your audience, because your not reporting accurate information. If you write online you owe it to your audience to report the truth and not make up details or assume them yourself, because your violating the trust your audience has in you. Overall it could cause your audience to walk very easily when they find that you've been lying to them.
This is one of the reasons that I have taken the identity of an informational website instead of a "dirtsheet." Another reason for this is that I don't have access to the "sources" that others do or the time to sit and just write six different articles on a daily basis. Plus I will never report or mention a false story without making it clear that it's either a rumor or my opinion, because that is accurate reporting. All I'm saying is that as a writer you owe it to your audience to research all your "news reports" before releasing any articles on the site. I know that this is extremely difficult to keep a competitive edge on other websites, in my opinion though if you always report the truth and have well researched articles your audience will take notice and stick around.
On the other side though they will dry up if it's clear that your trying rush out stories for views it will not be good for your site either. I know it's harder to gain a financial income from an informational website or not getting in front of breaking news, but where there is a will there is a way and it's better to do it right then rush and do it for the sake of it. I don't think anything will change but this was just my opinion on a sensitive subject, just keep your eyes open.