I have always been a fan of non-profit media. I have always been a fan of journalism… REAL journalism. And though I have not written about this experience we collectively share about what is happening in our country right now, I am imploring anyone reading this to support journalism.
At some point (we can debate about when and why later – right now it’s irrelevant) journalism gave way to the click-bait… the soundbite… the immediacy of posting something rather than being late to break the story. Journalism that told a story by seeking out the facts, sharing the different points of view, and committed to having corroboration is not what most of the “news” is today.
Today we have a society with the attention span of a gnat. The Tweets or soundbites become the “news of the day”. When we live in a society where the concept of needing to Fact Check Tweets, speeches, and White House press briefings, we are in trouble. And the people who most need to be paying attention, in my non-humble opinion, to the fact checking aren’t paying attention to the fact checking. But they might start to pay attention when media starts telling the deeper story. And that isn’t going to get any easier in the coming years.
I am imploring you: #SupportJournalism.
Real journalism, with a commitment to digging into the story and reporting what the story is, doesn’t regurgitate what an advertiser paid them to say, what their leadership’s personal political agenda is, or what’s easy to throw on a site to ensure they are the “first one on the scene”.
Become a subscriber, make a donation to non-profit media, turn news subscriptions into the new birthday/wedding/Father’s Day/etc. gift. Support news media, share with me how you’re doing it with the hashtag #SupportJournalism. I want to know what you’re supporting and why.
This country, state, city is our community. It’s our responsibility, but if we’re not informed, we can’t contribute.