Meet Dael Jackson. She is 32 and runs the box office at a theater department at a Catholic college. She’s a newly-minted MBA and she loves to travel. In her words: “I find it so relaxing to remove myself from everything I know and love to get to know other cultures. I took a second job a bit over a year ago specifically because it offered me the option to travel abroad sometimes. The job itself is really rewarding and I don’t think I’d give it up now, but the original selling point was absolutely the travel. Most recently I was in South Korea. It’s an amazing country with kind people, and I don’t think I’ve ever felt safer as a women and a foreigner. Between my bad chopstick skills and being a vegetarian, I was really sick of bread and kimchi by the end of the week, though. *^-^* I love to go hiking and read as well, both of which I get to do a bit more since I’m not independently wealthy. They both serve as an escape from daily life, which is something I really appreciate since my job is pretty stressful.”
1. How do you get your news?
I have a pretty wide number of places I get my news. On TV I watch CBS in the morning before work (local for a half hour and national for a half hour) and The Daily Show & Colbert at night. Driving to and from work I listen to NPR, about an hour of time total. If there’s a particular story I want to learn more about, I’ll use BBC or Al Jazeera online and recently I’ve been turning to Tumblr and Reddit more for stories that I don’t feel like I’m getting the full picture on.
2. Please send me a gif or video that captures your attention span.
After thinking way too long, the best fit I can think of is this video.
3. How do you take your coffee?
If possible, with peppermint creamer. If not, milk and a splenda.
4. Who’s doing it right in news?
One person that’s really impressed me lately on Tumblr is the person who writes I Write About Feminism. Despite the blog title, she’s been doing an amazing job with the Michael Brown shooting. She does a lot of content aggregation from those on the front line and answers a lot of questions from her followers. Also, she loudly and publicly admits it when she gets something wrong, which is something I find amazing in a person and in a media source. The other thing that I’ve recently fallen in love with is bit-of-news. I usually know their top stories, but the second set of longer reads is a must for me most of the time because they’re so interesting and eclectic. (Mel note: See here for more about bit of news.)
5. What’s the first news event that you remember?
The Berlin Wall falling. I remember thinking how strongly those people must feel to literally rip out pieces of concrete.
6. What was the best thing that happened to you this week?
On Thanksgiving I got to feed my 7-week-old niece her bottle. The way she looked at me while she ate was just breath-taking.
7. Where do you live?
8. What do you absolutely hate about the news?
That I no longer feel like anywhere will give me the whole story. Instead it’s what fits in a short segment and is often aimed to confirm their audience’s existing viewpoints. I think it’s so easy to leap to wrong conclusions and the news doesn’t often serve as a balance to that like I think (or maybe just wish) it should.
Thanks for this. Its been really interesting to actually think about how I consume news!