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News Junkie

  • May 1, 2009
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My name is Elena and I am a news junkie. I need my fix. Daily.

Just like the functioning alcoholic craves drinks in the morning to ward off the shakes or the meth addict grinds their teeth in anticipation of the warm glow to wash over them, I need news.

I remember my first taste of the news business arrived in the classroom. Class discussion stopped. The teacher was called away. She returned with a sad face and a television set on wheels.

"Class, something terrible has happened," she said with red eyes. This was the day we knew our teacher was human.

She turned on the television set. My sixth grade class watched the spaceship Challenger exploded. For hours and hours we watched, and selfishly we were glad our teacher had not been picked.

After that I was hooked. My fix comes in all form of news. Listening as the radio tells me an old lady was arrester for feeding the downtown meters. Or watching as the anchor explains about the athlete being accused of rape. I finally tap out as I tap my keyboard and watch a beheading of another American.

I keep reading and reading. I was in 7th grade when I begged my finically strapped single mother for a subscription to Newsweek, and as an enabler she complied. Once in high school, I used the Debate Team as my alibi. I needed more news to debate current events. It was convenient, and no one was the wiser. I read of the Berlin Wall falling and deadly earthquakes along with a police beating a motorist in California. I read of gangs wearing red and blue that kept their survivors wearing black. I read and I watched, and I read some more.

My habit is growing and I can't stop. But why would I want to?

There's no sense of trust in a bartender that doesn't drink or a skinny chef. As a news junkie I embrace the news and what better way than to become a reporter.

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May 01, 2009
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May 01, 2009
Great opening. You had me from hello....
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Journalism is the craft of conveying news, descriptive material and opinion via a widening spectrum of media. These include newspapers, magazines, radio and television, the internet and even, more recently, the mobile phone. Journalists—be they writers, editors or photographers; broadcast presenters or producers—serve as the chief purveyors of information and opinion in contemporary mass society. According to the BBC journalist, Andrew Marr, "News is what the consensus of journalists determines it to be."

From informal beginnings in the Europe of the 18th century, stimulated by the arrival of mechanized printing—in due course by mass production and in the 20th century by electronic communications technology—today's engines of journalistic enterprise include large corporations with global reach.

The formal status of journalism has varied historically and, still varies vastly, from country to country. The modern state and hierarchical power structures in general have tended to see the unrestricted flow of information as a potential threat, and inimical to their own proper function. Hitler described the Press as a "machine for mass instruction," ideally, a "kind of school for adults."  Journalism at its most vigorous, by contrast, tends to be propelled by the implications at least of the attitude epitomized by the Australian journalist John Pilger: "Secretive power loathes journalists who do their job, who push ...

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