Who read Trump’s tweets and Clinton’s comments? Like most Americans, social media played a huge role in my education about the perspective candidates.paying-for-quality-journalism

In the world we live in, we all have the ability to live in our bubbles, argues Asha Dornfest – a publisher for Parent Hacks and a co-host on their podcast series, and author of the article, “This is What Happens When We Stop Paying for Quality Journalism.”

It’s time to educate ourselves, she says, and warns of the massive amounts of fake news and sheer opinion that are so readily available. For example, Dornfest stresses the dangers of relying on Facebook to stay in informed. “Facebook is many things, but it’s not a news source,” she writes. Many people scrolled through Facebook, clicking on whatever outrageous article caught their attention first. According to Dornfest, Facebook’s algorithms tweak the content of your news feed so you see what you want to see.

During this election season, Dornfest realized the need for people to stay informed with quality news sources. Dornfest argues that “paying for news — investing in quality journalism and a free and open press — is what allows us to maintain our democracy.”

Her key ways of making sure you educate yourself – and step outside your bubble – include:

  1. Pay for quality journalism
  2. Stop getting your news from Facebook
  3. Subscribe to your local newspaper
  4. Subscribe to a national newspaper
  5. Read at least one news source that doesn’t reflect your political view
  6. Read one news source devoted to international news
  7. Learn to identify fake news
  8. Connect with your local community in person
  9. Commit to everyday kindness

Relying on earned media – quality journalism – is critically important now more than ever. Dornfest warns that “abandoning journalism “because it’s biased” is like saying we should abandon school because it’s biased.

Stay tuned…