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How Do You Prefer Your Information Served: In Bite-Sized Pieces, or A Full Course Meal?

Updated: Mar 29

A professional Black Man with a salt and pepper beard seated, reading the newspaper.
A man reading the newspaper.

The way we consume news is constantly evolving. In our fast-paced, technology-driven world, attention spans seem to change by the day. This has led to the rise of bite-sized news: short, snappy headlines and social media posts that deliver the gist of a story in a quick and easy to read format. However, one may wonder, how does this abbreviated version of the news compare to traditional news articles, known for their in-depth analysis, full context, and detailed reporting?

Bite-sized news is prioritizing grabbing attention. Scrolling through social media, a

captivating headline or eye-catching image can instantly grab a reader's attention. The

brevity makes it easy to consume news on the go, perfect for busy schedules and short attention spans. However, this format often lacks context and nuance. A single tweet can't delve into the complexities of an issue, potentially leading to oversimplification, misinterpretation, and even worse - misinformation that can easily be spread like wildfire.

Beautiful Black woman journalist.
A Black woman reporting a story.

This very subject was a topic of discussion

during The DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment's "Conversations with Women in Media & Entertainment,""The Current State of Local Journalism" panel which featured award-winning journalists: Anna-Lysa Gayle, Tracee Wilkins, and Maureen Umeh. Mrs. Wilkins shared that her stories "typically last at least four minutes" which gives a listening audience a full story that would be difficult to capture the context within a bite-sized segment.

Traditional news articles and stories provide a deeper dive into topics. They offer background information, explore different perspectives, and analyze the significance of events. This allows for a more informed understanding of the world around us. However, these articles and stories can be lengthy and time-consuming to read, which can deter some readers with limited attention spans from reading the article in its entirety or listening to the entire story.

Hypothetically, the ideal scenario might be a combination of both approaches. News outlets can utilize attention-grabbing headlines and social media posts to pique readers' interest, then offer longer articles for those who want a more comprehensive understanding. This gives readers the option to choose the depth of information they desire and to choose their serving.

How do you like your information served?

  • Bite-sized!

  • Full Course Meal.

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