Thoughts on Your News Diets and About Pages

News Diet Suggestions

  1. Avoid complete news customization: Be careful not to go overboard on news customization (e.g., apps and aggregator websites that let you edit out stuff that you don’t want to see). Part of being a communication major is having a broad knowledge of your world and current events. If everyone in the world only viewed news that they wanted to, and avoided “bad” news or news that they didn’t like, then that creates an environment where it’s hard for people to relate to one another and understand/communicate about their common world around them. Push yourself to expose yourself to different points of view and news that you may be uncomfortable with. You will learn more that way.
  2. Consume news that makes you uncomfortable: News can be depressing. Yes, that’s frustrating and sad. News may even make you feel guilty for living in such wonderful country where we don’t have to worry too much about widespread famine, genocide, mass kidnappings and rapes, and horrid poverty. I get it. I hate watching that news as well. HOWEVER, to be a responsible citizen of our world, and to really, truly appreciate our world, we need to push ourselves to watch the news. My personal belief is that it makes us more understanding, compassionate, and conscientious human beings.
  3. Talk to people about the news: The more you start conversations about current events and the news, the more viewpoints and perspectives you will hear. You should always be eager to learn from people whom you agree AND disagree with. BUT, ensure you use a non-combative and non-aggressive tone and demeanor. No one wants to feel like every political or news discussion is a high-stakes presidential debate.
  4. Share news stories on Facebook and Twitter: Start a conversation (online or offline) with your friends and family about the news. Play “devil’s advocate”, just to exercise your mind in the process of recognizing and understanding others’ viewpoints.


 News Sources To Try This Semester

  1. New York Times
  2. PBS NewsHour
  3. Al Jazeera America
  4. BBC News
  5. Laramie Boomerang
  6. Branding Iron
  7. Casper Star-Tribune
  8. Denver Post
  9. Washington Post
  10. Wyoming Public Media


Mechanical and Technical Suggestions

  1. Proofread, proofread, proofread!
  2. Add links.
  3. Add images and photos.
  4. Focus on correct usage of commas, colons, and semicolons.


About Page Suggestions

  1. Add your resume.
  2. Add a professional photo of yourself.
  3. Link to your LinkedIn account. Don’t have one? Make one. Connect with me. I can endorse you after your (hopeful) success in the course.


About The Author

I'm a faculty member in Communication & Journalism at the University of Wyoming. At UW, I have taught online journalism, advanced new media, introduction to mass media, politics and media, and alternative media. At Ohio State, where I got my PhD, I taught research methods, news reporting and writing, visual communication, and persuasion. My reserach focuses on political communication, emerging media platforms, and entertainment media. In my spare time, I love to play with my daughters, hang out with my family, cook, hike, jog, read, and blog.