Since starting my local news challenge, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. I’ve learned about my community! In yesterday’s paper alone, I found out about Filipino tacos around the corner from my work, new technology that will replace semi-truck mirrors to improve safety and fuel efficiency, a young couple that saved a life with emergency CPR about five blocks from my house, and much more.
There are crime and controversy stories too. While distasteful, some of that coverage is necessary to hold people accountable, of course. I try to be selective as a reader as well (which is easier reading vs. watching TV).
At the very least, I want to support the journalists who promote this necessary transparency. As John Oliver said about local news (I’m paraphrasing): Politicians without journalists to keep them accountable are like schools without adults to supervise: Best case scenario Becky gets gum in her hair; worst case scenario you no longer have a school.
For me, it’s important to try to keep perspective on what’s helpful to know from news, and what’s just repetitive or unnecessary. That can be hard with so much coming at you, so I completely understand where you’re coming from too!