I Wish They Told Me This Shit In School

Despite being a student of history, philosophy, and international relations, and with almost half a decade of experience in working in international development, I still find myself struggling to understand the world in which we live.

No doubt, this learning process will take an entire lifetime, and even then I will encounter things that seem to make no sense.

With that being said, at the ripe old age of 27, I think I have discovered 31 lessons that have helped to improve my understanding.

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What Is The News?

I am debating turning this into a regular feature on the site, but the chances are that I will be swept up with some other desire or fad in the coming weeks and this will remain a one-off. Even so, here it is.

Whilst working on my Journalism diploma today, I was presented with the module, “What Is News”. The assignment that came with this module required me to look at recent news articles posted on a local newspapers website and analyse them, relating my analysis to what I had just studied in the module.

I discovered an article on the South Wales Evening Post website regarding McDonalds workers picking up litter. An apparently news-worthy story. This was exactly the type of “news” I was expected to discover, as the point of the exercise was to show how loose a term “news” really is. Almost anything can be classified as news these days, and there are a number of definitions people go by.

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