People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news. — A. J. Liebling
No, the news is not The New York Times. It’s not Fox News or CNN. These three well-known businesses, among many others, are a legacy of the pre-digital age. A legacy when getting information and content from a reporter to a reader demanded an infrastructure that used clanking typewriters, typesetters, ink, paper, printing presses, delivery trucks, and newsboys standing on corners shouting “Read all about it!”
Distribution of the news is not the news.
Radio, then TV, used a similar news distribution model. The reporter never reported to the audience, the reporter reported to the distribution model. And the distribution model then decided which stories would see the light of day: the filter.
So what really is the news? I contend that news is content and information shared from one person to another; shared from the journalist, who has a passion and desire to find out and share that information, to the audience who wants to learn what the journalist has discovered.
A. J. Liebling also said, "Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.” In the digital age, this is not necessarily the case.