Gratitude from A to Z: Journalists

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

3 comments

  • david

    david ward

    i get my journalism from Don Cherry, the Toronto Sun, and FOX News (insert vomiting sound here). all teasing aside, i do subscribe to the Washington Post, the Athletic, and then i circulate among agencies like 'the Columbia Journalism Review', 'The Atavist', and a couple other 'long read' websites and magazine. you know how there is a certain group of sports fans who don't want their sports journalism mixed with politics ("Stick to sports," they say)? i'm the exact opposite. i only want my sports journalism mixed with sociology issues. stories about coaches, athletes and broadcasters uttering racial slurs, the Kaepernick news, there's a feminist blog site called 'Burn It All Down' that i find of value... there is a journalist name Richard Deitsch who i really enjoy. he does a media blog that i enjoy, and once every week he publishes a list of stores from other agencies of note. i will send you the most recent of those lists in an email. not because you should do what i do, or think what i think, but because i think you might find something of value in that list, you longhaired radical (meat-eating) pinko. thanks for asking. i've been giving this subject a lot of thought myself lately. the Post's slogan is "Democracy dies in Darkness". again, thanks so much for this post, rob, and for tolerating my garble (i know for a fact that at least 60-million americans would disagree with me).

    i get my journalism from Don Cherry, the Toronto Sun, and FOX News (insert vomiting sound here). all teasing aside, i do subscribe to the Washington Post, the Athletic, and then i circulate among agencies like 'the Columbia Journalism Review', 'The Atavist', and a couple other 'long read' websites and magazine. you know how there is a certain group of sports fans who don't want their sports journalism mixed with politics ("Stick to sports," they say)? i'm the exact opposite. i only want my sports journalism mixed with sociology issues. stories about coaches, athletes and broadcasters uttering racial slurs, the Kaepernick news, there's a feminist blog site called 'Burn It All Down' that i find of value... there is a journalist name Richard Deitsch who i really enjoy. he does a media blog that i enjoy, and once every week he publishes a list of stores from other agencies of note. i will send you the most recent of those lists in an email. not because you should do what i do, or think what i think, but because i think you might find something of value in that list, you longhaired radical (meat-eating) pinko. thanks for asking. i've been giving this subject a lot of thought myself lately. the Post's slogan is "Democracy dies in Darkness". again, thanks so much for this post, rob, and for tolerating my garble (i know for a fact that at least 60-million americans would disagree with me).

  • david

    david mccallum, newfoundland

    i am concerned that i am not getting enough canadian journalism these days. i think i am finding that our 'economy of scale' is not producing what i can get from the US. i realize there are disadvantages to that. just saying.

    i am concerned that i am not getting enough canadian journalism these days. i think i am finding that our 'economy of scale' is not producing what i can get from the US. i realize there are disadvantages to that. just saying.

  • Rob Witherspoon

    Rob Witherspoon

    Thanks for the comments David. Canadian journalism is suffering right now - part of it is no one wants to pay for content except for those who want to use it to influence public opinion.

    Thanks for the comments David. Canadian journalism is suffering right now - part of it is no one wants to pay for content except for those who want to use it to influence public opinion.

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