I continue to ask this question of myself? Is news something that is dramatic, does it have to affect a large group of people, does it involved a famous person? All of these questions get answered in many different ways.
I do think we are very obsessed with celebrity and the more outrageous the story, the bigger the story. For example, the Bruce Jenner story is huge. How does a man who won the Olympic decathlon, who has 10 children and three ex-wives, want to become a woman? It is intriguing. But is it news?
It also seems like there are so many stories that make news but they are not news. Right now Kylie Jenner is very popular. She is seemingly dating a 25-year-old man and acts very grown up. However, no one seems to bring up the fact that she is only 17! Think of yourself at 17. What would you be posting on social media? Something controversial. Like blackface?
When she posts something controversial the world seems to be outraged. But let’s face facts. She is a child who has no clue what she is doing.
We seem to be treating these kids who are on social media as adults. They are basically children who are playing grown up.
So what is a great story?
Here are a few:
CBS Sunday Morning did an excellent story about two boys who were obsessed with World War II and met one of their heroes: a veteran. It was wonderful. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/twin-boys-form-special-bond-with-world-war-ii-veteran/
On a more serious note. 60 Minutes did a wonderful story about Belfast, Ireland and the conflict between the Catholics and Protestants. I had no idea their peace agreement was able to work because they are separate but equal.
The real news takes time and effort to research.
Let’s try our best to find the news and leave the kids to go to school.