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Discovering the Value of News

The New York Times recently announced that a record 3 million people now have a subscription to their newspaper. I happen to be one of those 3 million subscribers, and I would imagine their numbers boosted a lot only in the last few months. In a time when the quality of news reporting seems to be going down, and the accusations of ‘fake news’ seem to be increasing, I think it’s important to find a news source that you trust, to support it, and to spread the knowledge that you learn from good quality reporting.

For some time now I have found myself growing more and more frustrated when it comes to how I get my news. For a lot of people, breaking news now comes through social media channels and online news websites. News organisations scramble over each other to break the story first – this is nothing new, a newspaper has always wanted to be the first one to break the story – but the fact that it’s all so instant now, I feel, means it can lose a bit of it’s substance. News is thrown at you but without any of the information you need to really understand it, and too often people begin to draw their own conclusions, and the confusion spreads.

For a week or two in the lead up to and following the Trump inauguration, I was feeling like I couldn’t really take any of it anymore. I couldn’t stand watching, reading or listening to the news and whenever anyone tried to talk to me about it I just sort of checked out. I didn’t want to know. I don’t think I was alone in these feelings, because it’s difficult not to allow some of the things happening in the world right now to get you down. After a while of avoiding it all I decided I couldn’t shut myself off forever, but I felt like I needed to find a way to get my news without all these feelings of frustration. I chose the New York Times because I find their coverage to be comprehensive, their articles to be well written and well researched, and I find the topics covered in their opinion section and New York Times Magazine features very interesting. I can keep up with what’s going on at the same time as learning about things I might not have expected to learn about.

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This is not to say the New York Times is my only source of news, especially since it won’t tell me anything about what’s going on in Ireland. I still read Irish and English news sites and watch the news on the television also. I feel I have a responsibility to stay informed in a time when it’s so easy to get the wrong information, especially when there are people in positions of power doing everything they can to make sure we are getting the wrong information. Real facts matter, real journalism matters, and realising how valuable these things are has led to my decision to support trusted news organisations in whatever way I can.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Ruth

    This is a great article. You’re so right, a lot of news sources have compromised quality for speed. It’s important to have trustworthy, reliable sources.

    February 7, 2017 at 4:23 pm
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