The first thing I do every morning is reach for my phone and look at the news. The major newspaper sites and the ABC mostly. I digest what’s happened over night while I drink a cup of tea and then I go exercise while listening to more news on ABC radio.
I inhale the news all day every day. I always have.
Until a couple of months ago when I stopped.
I’m not sure what made me turn away but the compulsion to do so was so deeply embedded in me that I couldn’t help it.
It’s been a year of bad news – is there any other kind when you’re talking about professional news organisations? Good news is so much harder to sell. “If it bleeds, it leads” goes the newsroom cliché.