How do you get your news?

When getting your news you have several choices, and all have advantages and disadvantages.  There’s print—normally newspapers and magazines–radio, television, and the Internet.

Around this area most people know me as “that radio guy.”  And, it’s true. I have worked in radio a good part of my life—mostly part-time, but some full-time work as well. I started out in high school and majored in radio journalism at New Mexico State University. Along the way to graduation I also worked for a short time for a newspaper in my then hometown of Grants, New Mexico.

While in the Air Force at Far East Network—in Japan—I anchored and edited television news and some radio. Later, over the next few years, I worked with Air Force base newspapers and also wrote and took photographs for the Air Force News Service.

Years later, in 1988 in Pleasanton, I visited the studios of KBOP AM/FM in Pleasanton. What began as a social call with owner Bubba Reding ended up being a combination job interview and audition and I was hired. This began about a 14 year association with Reding Broadcasting, as the news reporter and anchor and news director. Later I worked a few years at KTSA-AM in San Antonio and more recently spent several years as the news voice of KSAQ-FM here in Atascosa County.

Radio news has the advantage of immediacy. A radio report can be aired as the story is breaking. But radio news usually lacks the detail we will have in a newspaper story on the same subject. On a large market radio newscast the typical story is one paragraph or two or three sentences that takes 15 seconds! Your radio news block is usually 5 minutes.

Television allows longer stories and video. Television news stories are longer and more detailed than radio news stories. Your television news, weather and sports block is typically 30 minutes in length.

A newspaper story, on the other hand, can have detail, photography, and most or all of the known facts in a story. The story will have gotten a little older, given the time it takes to publish it—but if you want detail it’s well worth the wait. The newspaper can also carry much more news content.

In the 21st Century we have another medium—the Internet. Online news can be immediate, detailed, with photographic and video support. Its disadvantage is that credibility varies. Some Internet sources cannot be believed. So you can’t trust everything you read online. Consider each source.

The intelligent news consumer will use as many news sources as are available. You can never have too many news resources. How do I get my news? Every way I can. I’m a news junkie. It’s what I do.

WARREN DOMKE is a columnist for the Pleasanton Express.00

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