Do you feel overwhelmed by the barrage of news? Here’s a wonderful column on regulating our exposure to news from today’s Oregonian by Peter Laufer, professor of journalism at the University of Oregon. Laufer doesn’t say ignore the news, but he suggests keeping the flow appropriate, and making choices. This is important for church leaders. I want us to keep perspective on events, global and local. I want us to keep the big picture and the long term in mind. When terrible things happen such as the recent shootings, remembering our spiritual roots and resources can help keep us grounded. Taking in news 24 hours can have the opposite effect.
I love Laufer’s closing words, “for most news events, some time to ruminate is valuable for both the journalist in the field covering the story and the news consumer back home.”
How do you handle your relationship with breaking news?