I wake up every morning cursing my Winnie-the-Pooh alarm clock, before feeding my kitten, brewing coffee and racing my fiance to his laptop. This is where my obsessive compulsive behavior begins. I have to know what is happening, so I can discuss it and inform others. I’m the girl that ruins your happy day by sharing horrific details of some newly solved murder mystery in Ohio.
I am embarrassed to admit this, but my first stop is usually Facebook. I hate talking on the telephone so this is how I correspond with the world. My friends and family are scattered and I try to maintain my relationships. It may seem superficial, but I check my social and personal news first.
Then I prefer major headlines, both local and worldwide. I get my news from Google, Digg, Las Vegas Sun, BBC, NOAA, The New York Times and Casper Star Tribune, just to name a few. I stay away from Fox because I feel they are incompetent, biased and unreliable. I prefer these sites for many different reasons. I check the Las Vegas Sun regularly because my family lives in the region and it is an innovator in multimedia journalism. I like Google mainly because of its format. It is easy to read, navigate and contains many links. I like options. In a previous journalism class, Dr. Gladney introduced me to the New York Times, which I have found to be an example of what journalism ought to look like. I prefer getting news through many different outlets because this allows me to pinpoint the truth of the matter. I need to hear all the sides, not just one in order to do this.
I am a hypocrite because I constantly poke fun at headlines regarding sex scandals or celebrity arrests, yet I secretly read them. Sometimes, I buy stupid magazines like In Touch Weekly or People just to get my celebrity drama fix. Other entertainment sources that I sadly love are shows like Oprah or E! News. I believe some of these sources are entertaining if the news you are looking for is, “what’s hot and what’s not this fall season.” It is a different kind of news and needs to be defined as so. When the top headline of Google is about how Tiger Woods’ golf game is suffering due to the strain of his extra-marital affairs, I fight the urge to vomit!
I continue to change my news diet as needed. I should be viewing more documentaries on PBS and the History Channel, therefore watching fewer Friends reruns. I want to be informed, educated and aware, as cheesy as that may sound.