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Behind the news: what I'm reading this week

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14.09.2017

There are days when I'm lucky if I read a news story. Probably not a great thing to admit. Being in the industry and all. But sometimes there are days when you get your news from your Facebook feed, or a quick headline, or from someone around the water cooler. (And, yes, we do have a water cooler in the office, and yes, we do share stories around it.)

But this week I've done my fair share of catching up on the news. Or, to be honest, a few news stories have caught my eye, and I've read those, because they've intrigued me, frustrated me, and on one occasion, made me downright angry.

It's almost impossible, these days, sounding very much like my grandmother, to edit your own news stream. We receive our news in all sorts of forms. Online, in print, television and radio. (Although I can't remember the last time I watched a 6pm bulletin.) Our curated social media feeds feed us what we (think) we want. Limited characters tease us, or catchy headlines, short spurts of information. At the other end of the spectrum is long-form journalism. Something I crave to do. Everybody knows everything instantly now. The real key to being informed is finding out the story behind the story.

But there are days when no one has the time to do that. And this week was one of those times.

But here are the headlines that made me think this week.

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© The Sydney Morning Herald