Monday, January 16, 2017

Community - Get Involved - Read Broadly

Get Involved
Read Broadly

In order to get involved in your community (again, however you define community) you need information. You need to know the ‘lay of the land’ and who the players are. For this, and a number of other reasons, I suggest that you ‘Read Broadly!.’

Each source of possible useful information has a different slant, a different perspective, and a different depth of detail of information. Never rely on a single source of information alone. The more complex the community issue(s) you decide to pursue, the broader you need to reach to gather information. I personally prefer to read, but radio (and other audio sources) and television (and other video sources) are also useful sources… so long as you sample a broad array of sources.

This applies at the local level, the state level, and the national and international level of community. As an example, locally, I read local newspapers along with the local radio station’s website and watch the local new on television - checking out each of the available channels, from time to time. It is often very surprising to see what is and is not covered by each of the news outlets!

Nationally, and internationally, everyday I read Reuters, Associated Press, USA Today, the Guardian, CBS, Fox, CNN, and the Apple News aggregator (NYTimes, WSJ, Vox, Salon, Slate, NPR, HuffPost and more) online, as a further example. Each day I pick up something different on each of these sources that are not available on the other services. What has been your experience? What sources would you suggest?

Read Broadly! ;-)

Think Positive, Do Good! ;-)


  1. I try to hit another country's major newspapers online, for a reminder that others see 'our' world with very different eyes. And BBC and the Guardian are two I hit every other week or so, as well as Al jazeera, and Hong Kong's South China News... Good for you for reading so broadly! I wish more did.

    1. I totally agree, Celia. Several different perspectives are the only way to get a really objective view of any event, including historical, as well as current. Thank you, so much, for your comment!! ;-)