I am grateful for journalists.
Grateful for journalists who bear witness on my behalf to what is happening in the world outside of my limited perspective. Exposing the truth of things often at risk to themselves. Journalists like the late Jamal Khashoggi who paid the ultimate price when he was murdered by Saudis for writing about freedom of expression and equal rights.
Social media has given everyone the opportunity to be an amateur journalist sharing observations and opinions. Unfortunately opinions are too often molded by the media we consume and less by compassionate thought. Social media leads us into echo chambers where we see only what we want to see, squashing empathy, fracturing society and making social discourse a shouting match rather than a civil debate.
I try to choose the media I consume with care and include different points of view. One option is to only read a source like the Wikipedia current events portal where what is happening in the world is simply listed and described with little judgement or attempt to spin to one point of view or another.
What journalism do you consume?
Image By April Brady / POMED - Mohammed bin Salman's Saudi Arabia: A Deeper Look, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=73742140