How well informed do you consider yourself to be on domestic and global events? Do you make sure that you keep up to date with news and politics? If you don’t, you really should, because even events taking place on the other side of the planet can still have a bearing on your life.
With the rise of social and digital media, the reliance on newspapers and specified television slots isn’t what it used to be. Now, users’ source tailored news articles online from niche outlets on what most interests them. While the ability to source news based on your own specific interests has become much easier than it ever was is great in one respect, it can be to the detriment of general news.
Watching the News as a Family
Before digital media, and even the introduction of 24/7 rolling news, families would sit together in the evening as the day’s headlines were read out. National news, regional news, sport, weather and global affairs all presented in an easily digestible half-hour programme to inform us of the most important and newsworthy events of the day.
This would spark conversation amongst the family, even including children who themselves are being educated on the world, with the news helping to form their own outlook and opinions. Now, though, while the evening news roundup does still exist, it simply isn’t the staple that it once was because of rolling news and digital media, which is a shame.
News programmes and their journalists have the ability to present reports on global affairs that you may otherwise have not even been aware of. Take for instance the current events in Myanmar, where more than 850,000 people have fled Burma to seek refuge in Bangladesh (you can learn more if you click here).
Such international events often lack coverage because it may not have a direct effect on life in the United Kingdom. On social media, you choose who to follow based on your own interests, which is great in one respect, but this means that you can miss out on important events. In the United States,67% of Americans say that they get their news from social media, exclaiming the modern-day reliance on digital platforms.
If you are unsure what other programmes, aside from the evening news, are essential viewing then allow us to point you in the direction of BBC’s Question Time. Broadcast on Thursday nights shortly after filming, the panel show invites studio guests and audience members to discuss topical events. Often, guests are members of political parties, national bodies or media personalities to offer a varied opinion and perspective.
Question Time first broadcast on 25 September 1979 and has only had three full-time presenters since, although it is soon to have a fourth after it was announced David Dimbleby is to stand down from the position he has held since 1994. The show itself has evolved through the years, with the audience at home also able to join in the discussion by submitting questions.
The show also continues the conversation via social media, with its accounts inviting users to voice their opinion on what is said on the show. For many that watch Question Time, this provides the ultimate second screen experience, reaching out to a younger audience that might otherwise not usually be interested.
Make a Point of Watching the News
Tonight when you are all sitting together as a family, make a point of putting the evening news on as just half an hour can be the difference between keeping you informed and not on daily events. There is plenty of time to indulge in Netflix series and social media.