The way I inhale news is varied. In one instance I am involved, on a local, creative level, in my work with my town’s local newspaper. My part-time position is, officially at least, loosely based on advertising. That is, creating the adverts that clients have requested, and often chasing the content for regulars and offering editorial content as a hook to reel in advertising revenue, which I then sub-edit as required.
My involvement in sporting clubs and other organisations means I also provide media releases, news stories and sports write-ups, which is another angle in which I interact with the news. I create it, and submit it to be used, hopefully without too such editorial tweaking!
Being a small community, and paper, we all keep our eyes and ears open for interesting stories, and this is where by second method of news consumption comes in; Facebook. I unashamedly love it for its ability to link me not only to family and friends but also to the less common stories and interesting factoids that pop up. (And the plethora of delicious, stupid memes; like I said, no shame).
Often I am able to offer my editor a story from what has been shared on Facebook – a grandmothers photographs of a former resident deploying overseas, a local fundraiser, or, as happened recently, news that a childhood friend had been killed fighting ISIL with the Kurdish people.
In contrast, as a reader I love the feel of a newspaper in my hands, and enjoy nothing more than flicking through the grubby pages, at leisure, with hot coffee close at hand. Printed media allows a story to be revisited, or kept in dusty albums and enjoyed for many years, and that is an experience social media is unable to provide.
In 2016, I think I am a fairly common example of how people consume and interact with news; it is varied, and it is accessed in multiple ways, often at once.