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What Constitutes 'News' Today?

What is fake and what is Memorex? To paraphrase an old ad.

I've mentioned this book in the past, providing an Amazon link to it. Here is a quote I found of interest today:

Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now by Alan Rusbridger and wanted to share this quote with you.

"Try drawing a map of things we call ‘news’. There is straight news and adversarial news; subjective news and objective news. There is news as public service and news as entertainment. There is exclusive news and commodity news. There are investigations, campaigns and advocacy. There is breaking news and there is slow, considered news. There is analysis, or news with context; explanatory news. There is news as activism. There is opinion dressed up as news; there’s eyewitness news; first-person news; or scoops of interpretation. There may even be sponsored news or advertising dressed up to look like news. Within one news organisation virtually all those forms of journalism may exist under one roof."

Be careful what you read and how you classify it — as fact or perhaps just opinion. I've got some facts and lots of opinions. Others may just have a bunch of opinions, based on no facts. 

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.