The commonly held principles of good journalism are truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability. Freedom of speech and of the press is so important that is was written into the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
See also: Evaluating Information
The current trend is that a majority of Americans relying on news from Internet, and in particular, social media. Social media news drives web traffic to growing numbers of websites devoted to publishing hoaxes, propaganda, and dis-information.
Relying only on social media news has caused major issues for many young people who have difficulty determining the credibility of news sources. A recent study by Stanford University of nearly 8,000 students (from grammar school through college) tested their ability to tell news from ads and to discern websites from hate groups and mainstream professional organizations. They found that most Students don’t know when news is fake and cannot accurately determine the credibility of news sources. (Snopes.com is a site to Fact Check