Give me a journo or give me death

This election has brought to mind something I love very, very much: good journalism. Not clickbait journalism, not the flashy stuff that makes e'rybody feel all happy inside. The journalism that puts what he said, she said and they said on the record, offers factual context of the world around us -- and then lets the public ruminate on those things.

The "trouble" with this sort of journalism is it requires you to *keep up* with current events, and after the last year of politics alone, I think we can all agree America got a grade of LAZY AF when it comes to being informed citizens.

A few weeks ago, I decided I was fed up with a million and one "news" sources bombarding my feed so I drew up a list of things that matter (to me) in a news source:

  • seasoned journalists who have worked their beat for years;

  • an editor's desk that pushes bulls*it back for re-writes;

  • and a copy desk that cares more than the average person about commas, sentence structure and time, date, place.

Judge all you want, but I cast my vote for The New Yorker and The New York Times. I like that they're tried-and-mostly-true. I like that they have intelligent systems in place and endeavor to bring actual news to the public. No one (including a journalist) is perfect, and I'm not interested in sticking my head in the sand and only listening to these two news sources. I still have my Fox News alerts and my Washington Post home page tab, and HuffPost (for better or worse) has been liked on my Facebook profile. So there's still a mix to compare and contrast. But when the going gets tough with everybody having an opinion about the news, I like having two go-to resources who can (hopefully) illuminate what actually happened in the world today.

For $20 (TWENTY!!!) a month, I'm supporting all the news that's fit to print and putting my Facebook news feed where it belongs: on high alert for cute puppy photos and spiritual guru memes.

Many thanks to John Oliver for this great video on journalism.