i want news, not propaganda

June 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

When it comes to the news,  I want information, not propaganda. From years of working in advertising I can tell when I’m being sold to. Given I rely on the news to help me shape my view of the world around me, I think it’s important I don’t fall into the trap of one-sided opinions.

I don’t think finding unbiased news means finding a single, unbiased source so much as checking in with a variety of sources from which I can draw my own conclusions. I don’t want to sit there reading the AP news feed all day; I am looking for someone to curate what’s happening in the world for me.

This week I want to explore various US news sources, both general and specialized. A friend had recommended Planet Money on NPR awhile back as a great way to understand what’s going on with the economy. I also want to look at a variety of international news sources. I’ve been a longtime reader of The Economist but this time around I also want to open myself up to the point of view of the rest of the world, like China for one.

I also want to find my “news person” or people. I’ve always been a huge fan of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert but I want to check out some others as well. Anderson Cooper 360 seems like a dreamy place to start.

Throughout the week I’m going to explore all the options and hopefully by the end of the week I will have a handful of sources I can rely upon to stay up to date. I spent a good four hours on the plane yesterday reading Wired, The Economist, The New Yorker and (ahem) a little US Weekly. I’m all caught up on my Weiner headlines. The news media has had a lot of fun with that one this week for sure.

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