I’ll admit – I am guilty of being an avid Yahoo news reader on my free time. Hey – maybe I’m just keeping up with what everyone else is thinking in popular society, and they do come up with some catchy articles. However, a lot of the material on Yahoo and other popular media tend to spoon feed information in a way where the reader doesn’t get to formulate an opinion. The ideas are simplified and there’s no room for wiggle, which may be why it’s popular news and wide-read; it’s easy to understand and you don’t have to think. No, no one seems to have time anymore to sit down and read critically. We just want to know the facts and fast. So I’ll cut to the chase.
1) We find out about the world through social media nowadays.
“Facebook is the new way of finding out what happened. Nobody wants to actually sit down and read a whole article about it,” which makes a “whole article” sound a little like a long sentence in solitary confinement.
2) We agree too easily, maybe because we’re learning about “the news” from friends or idols, and we trust them and believe they are right.
“Facebook posts and Tweets have become the means by which politicians, celebrities, citizens — and reporters, for that matter — can confirm, deny, pass on stories and register opinion without the press challenging, probing, pre-supposing, slowing or straining the message.”
3) We forget the existence of newspapers. As our time on the internet and social mediums increases, the demand for journalism or news writing has decreased significantly.
“But truly good journalism is a craft, not just a blog post. It requires not only seeing something close-up, but also reporting it with perspective. It uses an eye for detail to help illuminate a larger view. And even journalism that conveys an opinion strives to be fair. If school newspapers begin to disappear, I hope there are other ways for students to learn that.”
From the above quotation, I’d like to emphasize that “journalism is a craft.” There’s not only time, thought, and dedication printed onto paper, but critical minds are forming at a young age. Even if the readership for high school newspapers may be low or people may not see the significance of such a paper, the need is crucial for students who can question the news and critically think about what is happening in the world today. These high school students are the future – the next generation – and if we want real positive change to happen, then we’ve got to stay informed. We have to support the growth and development of young minds, and sustaining a high school newspaper is one of the best ways to project the students’ voices and challenge them to bring the change.
For more on this NPR article, click here.
Post submitted by: Christina Trieu.