Everyone watches news channels or read about news in the paper or in social media. Without news one might not be aware of certain events that are happening around them. News basically ranges from different topics and you can find news about sports, politics, world, nation, local, etc. You can find news everywhere in papers, television and online. With a country as diverse as ours, you can find news in various languages too.
Arriving at the main question of the topic – is news useful? I would say it really is, but it depends upon your resources. In today’s age with everything going digital one does not really have to wait for the news to tell what’s going on, people find the topics themselves before it becomes anything major. The only problem is that it may not be relevant or authentic and at times that’s what most people will perceive as the original version.
Even though it being a problem, it is something that cannot easily be fixed unless more people know about it. If it were up to me, this is how I would do it:
The more people know about the difference between satire news articles and the original news the easier it becomes for them to trust the news. There are also many other news publishing sites which many don’t know but at times post many helpful news articles. It will be better if more people are aware of such news sites.
- Post my own take of the news
If I write about the news the way I perceived it, it will help people understand what the news was about rather than make their own assumptions. Plus this will encourage more and more people to write their own take of the news, thereby making people aware of what’s happening around them without referring to news articles.
- Use social media
With social media it becomes easier to connect with more people and spread the news faster than any other medium. The audience in these sites is mostly youngsters and exposing them to what’s happening around them along with asking their opinion of the current news is a great way to educate them.
Surely, we all read the news and follow it from time to time be it in the news channels or online but one thing that many agree on is that it is useful.