Staying informed beyond the media

Often times, news organizations will all jump on the same story at once, making a huge deal of it and then let the topic become forgotten. The story will get buried for a while before coming back into the media’s spotlight. It’s important to bear in mind that just because the news media isn’t currently focusing on a topic or issue doesn’t mean it isn’t occurring.

We’ve seen this play out quite recently through the examples of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and Flint, Michigan’s, water crisis. Both topics were highlighted across the board on mostly all news outlets.

However, at the peak of the DAPL’s popularity, with people eagerly paying attention to the protests back in November and December of 2016, it seemed to hide away from the headline’s shortly after. It has reappeared recently now that we’ve come to learn that it’s been given the green light to go ahead and be constructed.

Samantha Moore / Art Director

Samantha Moore / Art Director

We’ve also seen Flint, Michigan’s, water crisis get turned into a huge deal in the media. However, once news organizations put a halt on running articles about the situation, people’s attention was geared elsewhere, away from this persisting problem that still affects residents today.

Issue’s like these two aren’t solved overnight or in the time it takes to publish a weekly paper. Just because more timely news is reported upon, doesn’t mean the old news corrected itself. That’s important to remember while taking in news from many different outlets.

It’s important not to fall victim to this trend of suddenly caring about an issue to forget about it in the following weeks or months that come. A classic example that comes to mind is Kony 2012. Perhaps, some of you may remember this brief but inspirational campaign. It may have come too late, but many were moved by it before, all of a sudden, it was a thing of the past.

We at The Equinox have noticed that as soon as the media stops bringing an issue or topic to light, people’s’ attention to that issue or topic will cease as well. If something occurring in the world hit home to you while reading a news article, don’t give up on it just because it’s no longer getting as much media coverage as it once did. Look elsewhere to stay up-to-date on whatever it was that sparked this interest. Research outside of news outlets and delve into other forms of gathering information such as those who utilize Twitter to provide real news in real time.

Twitter and livestreaming have the ability to broadcast vital information before reporters and news stations have the opportunity to get the word out. Today, news is able to be covered constantly 24/7 through different platforms. With information constantly being shared, sometimes news becomes old news fast as new stories stack. If a topic or current event means something to you, investigate it for yourself and form your own conclusions, rather than letting that care conclude at the bottom paragraph of the most recent article published online. We at The Equinox encourage you all to stay informed on different topics that interest you.

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