When you hear that word, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
News is much more than the bad and the ugly. It's more then the tragedy and pain. It's more then the good.
It's real. It's raw. It tells a story.
Radio. Television. Newspapers. Apps. Online.
The possibilities are endless.
News has become a part of my life. It has become something that I can't escape from, nor do I want to.
I currently work at a local news station. I also currently work at a local radio station. I have written and published stories on a handful of websites ranging from motorsports websites to places like Thought Catalog and Huffington Post. I have created and been a part of podcasts and web chats.
In short, news is a BIG part of my life.
News is a big part of YOUR life.
News is more than just the bad. It's more than the murders and the car crashes and the deaths. It's so... very... much... more.
One wise man once said...
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world."
Mister Rogers said it perfectly.
As a society, as a news outlet, you have to report the bad and the ugly and the painful. Those stories need to be told. They need to be heard.
But in every tragedy, there is a shining light. In the midst of the sadness, there is a smile.
You just have to look.
I never really understood the importance of news until I immersed myself in it. All aspects of it.
Whether you are listening to the radio, watching TV or reading an article, news is important.
Local, national, worldly, it all matters and it all influences us. Even if you don't realize it.
Working in the news industry, in any way, shape or form, has been one of my greatest pleasures.
Whether I'm writing a NASCAR article or something fun and exciting, covering a house fire or school children lending a helping hand, chatting with a local or chatting on the radio, news is a part of my life.
And it's FANTASTIC.
Next time you find yourself watching the news...whether that be on your television or online...look for the good within the bad, the smile within the frown, the heroes among the tragedy. Let the whole story be told.
News is powerful... so let it empower you.
Just me. That's all.