N is for News

Like many, I'm more than a little addicted to the news and read as much as possible. I say read because I rarely watch the news these days because invariably when I do sit to watch it I've read more in depth about the top stories than I'm going to get from a newsreader's soundbite. When I do get to watch the news I'm guilty of watching that triumph of style over substance known as Sky News. Oh the shame!

My favourite source of news is the BBC and their world news website is almost constantly in an open tab in Firefox. I like their in depth coverage and their lighter take on things such as their In Pictures features and the weekly news quiz to test how much attention one has been paying.

One of my frustrations with the news is that in our 24/7 culture news gets spread a bit thin and so speculation is often touted as being news when it's anything but. I particularly dislike this when a major incident has occurred and in the absence of hard facts speculation and supposition become the order of the day. Sadly all the news channels are guilty of this.

Still, I love reading/watching the news and can't see that changing anytime soon.

This post is part of a series in the Blogging From A To Z Challenge, April 2012.


  1. I go from one day to the next without much need for the news. It pops up at different times in programmes I'm watching. There's something worrying about hearing about disasters you can't do anything about, or the state of world finances. I'd rather influence those around me if I can. I don't even do much of that now days. So I write novels instead. haha.


  2. I'm not quite THAT much into news, but I had to go a couple of years without national news and realized I felt very cut off from the world. Now I like to keep track of major stuff. I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month. My alphabet is at myqualityday.blogspot.com

  3. I'm kind of a news junkie, but I find that much of the media news is rather skewed and repetitive. They'll focus on certain stories and run them into the ground while ignoring major world events that will have greater impact in the future. It's often about sensationalism and cult of celebrity.

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  4. People always give me a hard time for not liking the news although I do not deride them for liking it. I much prefer a good book or blog post. :-)

  5. Hey watching news is important. And speculation is more entertaining than informative, which is probably why it's so popular.

    Sonia Lal, A to Z challenge

  6. It is important to keep up on the news. I hate clicking on a news article and it tells you nothing more than what was in the title. Sometimes with how fast news travels, they report things too early before they get all their facts. Thanks for posting.

  7. Thanks for your comments guys, I really appreciate it.

    This A to Z challenge is great for meeting other bloggers, what a joy!


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