Welcome 2018

Well who would have thought we would see another year? With all the fuss in world politics and those who oppose its long fingers into world affairs. My hope is that we start to look more at the world outside our homes to get the real picture of what’s going on. Are your neighbours happy? Healthy? Properly nourished? It is all our responsibility to ensure our community is well. Let’s be concerned of the world, but our true happiness is right here. If we let news makers do what they want to do (make news of course), they will do it no matter what. It is what makes our global economy work. So in 2018 let’s make news they way it should be made. Locally produced and sourced. We all know someone who lives somewhere. So if we share the news lets do so via our local channels.

I hope that my work in community TV has influences some of you to actually follow it. Local sports, arts, and events are all there. I wish you to spend more time with your local media content. If you have a guest or even an idea for a show, you can be part of the solution of fake news. How about that?

Lots of love and understanding to you all in 2018!

– Martin @ the Crossroads

Fake News

If you know me, you know I know something about news. You know I was editor in chief of the English news department of an independent Turkish news agency for three years. I also have shared what I believe as pivotal world news stories. Given I was situated between Greece, the Ukraine, Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Cyprus for a decade and a half, maybe, just maybe, I have enough street ‘cred’ to choose a story.

However, my knowledge didn’t all come from within. It came from many people that I worked with. The people who I call journalists, correspondents, and reporters. These people all know their jobs. Some of them, never came home after an assignment. Some were in the field for months and even years. Some I trusted, others, trusted me. (I may explain this comment one day.) You see the trust of support and news-gathering is symbiotic. The most difficult part of working in news is seeing a story die before it is ever shared to the public. I saw thousands of news stories being produced around the world via my computer. The software that combined 10 different news sources that streamed all their news. Including the news I sent out to the world.

That news, which was prepared for broadcasting clients, typically panned out to four or five stories on the evening bulletins. Not really indicative of all that ENG work we thousands of people around the globe spent all day working on. News outlets rule the roost. Period.

This is a screen grab from Instagram that I took this morning of a former colleague of mine. This is the reality of how a story happens. My friend, on the left, is out there doing his job. Yes. His job. Be thankful you have people like this out there keeping you informed. Just like this blog post, you need to be reminded of where your news comes from.

I hope to see some comments here. Not just ‘likes’ on Facebook. Your ‘duty’ to be an informed news consumer is to make an attempt to filter fake news. The news reading public should actually visit the site where the story originated from. I see so many people share stories from third parties. If your going to share a story, share the link to the site, not some paid advertising Facebook page.

Like this blog post I have spent over thirty minutes preparing, writing, editing, and posting. I really would like to see some comments below. It lets me know you’re awake.

Good morning!

Martin @ the crossroads

Just the facts

Fake, false, fabricated and inflated… news has really hit us hard as of late. But where do we go for it? You know the real stuff. I’ve told people time and time again that my days working with a news agency taught me a lot about how broadcasters work. Or should I say, present the news.

I always checked at least four sources to feel like I know around half the story. I don’t have time to check every one any deeper. Unless of course, you want to start paying me. Anyhow, cut to the chase, I found this site and wanted to share if with you. It’s connected to other groups around the world. So you may find one in your region. The site is https://fullfact.org/ out of the UK.

I already felt a sense of calm just looking at the headlines… I hope you feel the same way too.

Martin