Too much news?
For some readers, maybe.
An intro. Happy Monday. Adriana here. It’s been awhile. After a few weeks off, I’m back with my newsletter. If you haven’t noticed, it’s on a new platform. I’ve moved my newsletter over to Substack for a few reasons. the platform is extremely simple and clean. I can also run a blog in conjunction with the newsletter, and there are features that can prompt discussion, which I hope can be a vital part of my newsletter.
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Well, let’s get to it. I work in media, and sometimes I’m just overwhelmed by news. It’s everywhere. On our phones. On our computers. On our televisions. In fact, I was at the DMV a few weeks ago and even those screens were showing news roundups.
I read an article this morning from Nieman Lab’s Joshua Benton about why some people avoid news. He summed it up perfectly:
News, you may have noticed, isn’t that great at generating happiness these days.
In fact, the article goes on to list some of the reasons why Americans avoid news based off of a study , with reasoning such as “It can have a negative effect on my mood” (57 percent) and “I can’t rely on news to be true” (35 percent).
Benton concluded with this thought: In that context, many people decide, as rational economic actors, they’re better off without us. How can we convince them otherwise?
So, what are some ways that we can convince people that news is valuable to their daily lives? What is your media organization doing to show that news is worth paying for? Let me know below, and I’ll include a few answers in next week’s newsletter.
some media reads. How the media will cover 2020 is the new black. Let’s read about it.
How could deepfakes impact the 2020 U.S. elections? by Nicholas Diakopoulos and Deborah Johnson | Nieman Lab
Seven scenarios — from faked scandalous audio to voter intimidation to imagined journalistic corruption — show the sorts of misinformation disruptions that could be coming.
How to Cover 2020: Assume Nothing and Beware of Twitter by Michael M. Grynbaum | The New York Times
Journalists have no idea how the 2020 election will play out. And that’s a good thing.
Gender, "electability" and journalism: How to cover the 2020 election without sexism by Andrew O'Hehir | Salon
After the massive media failures of 2016, this campaign feels like a crucial test for American journalism.
A song for the week
If you want a song to start your week on the right foot, check out this one. I’d never heard of the Dutch rapper Frenna before the song popped up on my Spotify discover weekly playlist. but the upbeat track is definitely a great cure for the Mondays.
A tweet for the week
You know who you are.
A story to start the week
The Invention of the “Beach Read” by Katy Waldman | The New Yorker
The adjectives that loop around these titles are often simply descriptors of summer-ness: airy, buoyant, salty, sunny, breezy.
That’s all for this week, folks.