I love Flipboard!

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by cheri

Today, I just couldn’t decide which article to read: how about ” Five Gadgets that Can Help You Relax” or  “How to Deep Condition Hair with Olive Oil” ?  Maybe I should sip my dark roast while reading “FYI: You Can Make Dog Food in a Slow Cooker.”

I’m logged into my go-to-news source, Flipboard, and even though it is headquartered in Shallow Alto, it offers the reader a  choice not to be force-fed a newsroom director’s decision about what is news.

This new way of aggregating what I read has fertilized my attitude.

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“Where do you read your news, mom? ” my son Ben asked as we shared a cup of coffee in Portland, Oregon last winter. The rain whispered down softly. The grey skies mirrored my mood.

I leaned in to his handsome face and warm brown eyes and observed,

“That’s a pertinent question. I’m not sure anymore.”

(Before I continue, let me share that I have some experience in assessing a news feed. I taught journalism for 16 years at a top U.S. public high school. My students were frisky and precocious, the type of people I enjoy. The Smoke Signal  won a number of awards for innovative but fair journalism. Of that, I am proud.)

But. Is journalism today fair? Is fairness in the newsroom considered an attribute?

I would argue that today’s journalism, for the most part– be it print, digital, or broadcast– is about furthering political, lifestyle, environmental, and business agendas, to name a few.

You know, the type of reporting that used to fall under Opinion, now resides under News.

Ben suggested I download the app Flipboard after I observed to him that Google News is biased, the WSJ is predictable and boring, and the NYT is so far left (even in their news section) that I find myself grinding my teeth just reading the headlines. The Economist likes to pretend that it is unbiased but it is not—inside most articles are the correspondents’ not-so-hidden beliefs, tucked in by use of adjective or example. Fox News is as fair and balanced as the slot machines at Harrah’s, Lake Tahoe.

The best thing about Flipboard is that I choose what categories of news or opinion or feature that I like. Some of you know me well; others, from afar; others, not at all.

Can you guess what my feeds are? Here they are:

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Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 2.22.35 PMThese are just a few of the feeds I follow.

If you think I might like one that you follow, please let me know.

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About Cheri

Writer, artist, cable television host, grandmother to four!
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9 Responses to I love Flipboard!

  1. Brighid says:

    Thanks, I’ve been looking for a site like that. Will certainly give it a look see.

  2. shoreacres says:

    Well, this looks very interesting. I’ve heard of Flipboard in passing, but I didn’t know any more about it than its name. A little research revealed that I’ll not be exploring it, because it’s an app, and that requires a smart phone, which I don’t have. While most of the world advises, “Don’t worry, be appy,” I’ll stick with my old ways.

  3. Richard says:

    …..I leaned in to his handsome face and warm brown eyes and observed ……..”

    Enough to make one lose all interest in the news, desire to pursue interests and sense of decorum!

  4. Richard says:

    I have downloaded Flipboard and like it. Please thank Ben for me.

  5. Cheri says:

    Will do. He reads my blog (although maybe not the comments…) so I will tell him you like it. I really like Flipboard. I can still read The Telegraph…

  6. wkkortas says:

    Say what you will about Messrs. Cronkite, Huntley, Brinkley et al, but the standards of what actually constituted news at that time were a great deal more stringent than in today’s highly diffuse information marketplace, even with the more “mainstream” outlets. Not to mention the set of the jaw on Chet Huntley. They just don’t make ’em like that anymore.

  7. Cheri says:

    Your point is well taken. New was news. Opinion was opinion. Feature was feature. Sports was sports. Now sports is news. Etc.
    And although the gents you reference were all white men ( just like our Founding Fathers ), I miss the likes of them.

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