Why Reading News is Important
There are many reasons why reading news is important. For starters, news is essential for connecting the rural and urban populations. News reading increases knowledge and improves vocabulary. It can also help you understand the connections between topics and people. Read an article, e-paper, or magazine to learn about a particular subject.
Influence of sociability
Research shows that reading the news has a positive influence on sociability. INSEE researchers have looked at both online and offline sociability to see how it relates to one another. They found that reading the news increases sociability and increases the likelihood of having social encounters.
News outlets tend to repeat the same information, often with slight variations. People can easily feel overloaded with news, so they need to take steps to control their news consumption.
Impact of redundancy
Redundancy can have a profound impact on an individual’s mental health. It is therefore essential that support services are made available for employees immediately following a redundancy announcement. This should include occupational health assessments and counselling services through an employee assistance programme. These services provide an environment where people can express their feelings and get support from other people who have experienced redundancy or similar situations.
A survey of journalists in Australia showed that around 1,000 journalists were made redundant in the past year, a rate that represents 15% of the journalist workforce. Researchers from four universities have been working on the New Beats project to better understand what redundancy means to journalists and the news industry.
Importance of diversity
Diversity in newsrooms is important to serving a diverse audience, and it helps ensure that a wide range of stories is reported. However, there are challenges in fostering a diverse environment. Many journalists do not feel comfortable discussing issues pertaining to race because of the risk of damaging their relationships with their editors or colleagues. However, a 2015 report by the Nieman Foundation cited success stories at BuzzFeed, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Asbury Park Press.
Newsrooms are not necessarily representative of the society, and journalists are biased in their reporting. Even though this is a natural tendency for humans, the problem is exacerbated when newsrooms are highly skewed toward one side of the story. Moreover, the newsrooms staffed with predominantly white journalists fail to represent the rich diversity of the entire population. Therefore, readers may not get a full picture of life in communities of color or women.
Perspective is a key skill that will help you to think critically and analyze events. It will help you form your own opinion about what you are reading and decide whether or not the news you are reading is relevant to you. You should read multiple sources to get different perspectives on the story. Read from different perspectives to learn more about different issues and make informed decisions.