Greetings from Indonesia
This week, I’m in the world’s largest island country (a mind-boggling 14,000+ islands), making plans for a project we hope to launch next year to cover this important and neglected country, home to 13 percent of the world’s Muslim population. Almost every major US media outlet used to have a bureau in Jakarta – the only newspaper left is the Wall Street Journal. There are magnificent young freelancers here – Americans and Indonesians — eager to work with us. I am impressed by their dedication and courage and would love the opportunity to support their important reporting. Please stay tuned for news about this project.
Speaking of news, many of you have asked me which outlets I rely on for news and information. Even my usually well-informed, highly-educated friends seem worried that they’re falling victim to “fake news.”
And so — here are my personal go-to news sources. These are media outlets that exhibit the highest professional and ethical standards. There is such a thing as fact-based journalism!
National Public Radio
The New York Times
The Washington Post
The New Yorker
The Christian Science Monitor
USA Today (yes, really!)
The Financial Times (I generally prefer over the Wall Street Journal in the new Murdoch era)
Maybe only a journalist would follow so many outlets, but I try to limit my time on social media and listen while I exercise, drive, cook dinner, and get ready for work. Many of these outlets have podcasts and e-newsletters which provide the highlights.
ABOVE ALL — please subscribe to as many of these outlets as possible and support non-profits (like Round Earth and Politico) that provide journalism at a time when even the best media outlets can’t afford to cover the world.
Last but not least, something new this week! A link to one story I found especially enlightening.
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Have a good weekend everyone!