To stay informed it's important to me to check out a wide variety of informational sources. It's no longer enough to stay tuned to one major media network alone. I'm not sure it ever was, in fact. Visiting, curating sites and possibly subscribing to receive a wide difference of perspective and focus gives me a better feel and understanding for Indiana in the world and the people around me.
Think about media consumption as you would a well balanced plate or healthy diet. You need variety and quality over quantity.
Here we go!
What has far reaching effects and effects most people on our planet today? Globalization. With globalization comes the good (information access), the bad (pollution, loss of resources) and the ugly (widening disparity). There is a lot to think about, and it can get overwhelming. Where do you go to gain some perspective?
Richard Longworth is "a Senior Fellow at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He is the author of Caught in the Middle: America’s Heartland in the Age of Globalism, now out in paperback (Bloomsbury USA). He is a longtime editor and foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and United Press International, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, twice an Overseas Press Club Award winner, and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. More important, he is an Iowa native and is a recognized expert and frequent speaker on the Midwest and its place in a globalizing world."
If news analysis is lacking in the media, it's not scarce if you look for scholarly research organizations.
More about Midwest Matters, here.
Interested in business? Check out Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick. Gerry Dick is
"is a frequent keynote speaker and moderator on issues related to the Indiana economy". He recently visited Richmond and gave a presentation at the Innovation Center. Inside Indiana Business is a great source of info for anyone interested in keeping tabs on news and trends effecting the Hoosier economy. Gerry offers a lot of insight into Indiana's business world.
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Want more detailed news results on the economy? Most websites these days have built in search functions. Check out Area Development, a publication "Founded in 1965, Area Development magazine is considered the leading executive magazine covering corporate site selection, relocation and facility planning. Editorial coverage provides valuable information pertinent to the factors, key issues, and criteria that affect a successful decision. Published bi-monthly and has more than 45,000 executive subscribers."
Check out their Leading Location Spot map for 2013: Looks like Richmond is in a bubble, it's yellow. Good right?
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Want an even more specifically Indiana state centered focus? Look no further than the official Indiana Chamber Blogs covering business, education and more. Don't fail to notice their Blog Roll links on the right hand side of their website.
Curious about environment issues from a more local perspective? Head over to Indiana Living Green. It's Indiana Living Green's mission to raise awareness of environmental issues statewide and beyond. Indiana Living Green is Indiana's reliable source environmental news. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
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Is major media ignoring Midwestern Climate Change? While we are on the subject of the environment, Media Matters studied the media's response to Midwestern Floods and found that long term trends and impact are not being covered. Read about it here.
Want news on education in Indiana? NPR's State Impact Project is regularly features news items on the education front in Ohio, Florida, and our own Indiana here.
Another focus missing from major media networks is Rural America. Richmond, Indiana may not exactly be rural, but we aren't a large city either. I believe it's crucial to not ignore issues that pertain to large swaths of our country. I'm not a farmer, but I certainly rely on farmers to feed my family. I am not a miner, but I certainly rely on those basic resources and energy. I want to stay in the loop and understand rural issues, and I can't recommend a better source than the Daily Yonder.
Where do you get your news?