Thanks to everyone who participated in our first international Meetup in Brussels. In the context of “post-facts” and “post-truth” topic every participant shared the list of media sources they trust and that shape their own realities about public agenda.
The balance of international and local media news sources
Because we are in Brussels, let’s start with international media sources. From what we heard, Financial Times (FT) is the unquestioned leader. Oh, and did you know that FT is free of charge for EU officials? A special pleasure is reading the FT Weekend edition – Life & Arts. From a political perspective a number of us referred to BBC News. The New Yorker is good too, but sometimes their in-depth analysis is too long for the busy everyday life. We recommend Monocle for entrepreneurs They also have inspiring podcasts to listen to on the go. But if you really like to dig deeper then Arts & Letters Daily or digital magazine Aeon is a good source to feed your brain. Of course for a quick brief from headlines – Reuters, AFP News Agency… Last but not least Drudge Report, though we don’t have a special category for this one.
From Latvian media the most popular among meetup participants were IR.lv, Latvijas Radio, LTV, LSM and Delfi. In fact broadcasts, that share human stories are valued the most. A good example – LTV show Province, Ielas garumā, Adreses, as well as stories by Latvian Radio journalist Ina Starzdiņa. It seems that human stories are the ones that give perspective on a personal level, take a hold on our attention and makes us think more even when we are overwhelmed with information!
Social media recommendations as a filter
Many of us trust social media recommendations shared by our friends, relatives, acquaintances. It is like a filter that distinguishes the valuable from the worthless. Of course it is not always objective, therefore sometimes you just feel the urge to push the “Unfollow” button.
And then there are such alternative agenda-makers, like-minded communities or personal blogs. For example, The Browser newsletters, which are formed by Robert Cottrell, journalist at The Economist, who lived in Latvia for many years. And we absolutely can’t forget to mention or own Latvian Stars – texxxti.lv and CEHS.lv.
We can say that our own global realities consist from all those puzzle pieces that are collected around us. A simple recipe – classic media packed with social media reality. Flavored with our ability to engage in details and listen to human stories, or the other way around – News agency headlines that we read in a speed.
We have to say – our small company reads quite a lot…
It seems that our next ReputationTime road trip might bring us to Financial Times Weekend Festival in London in the autumn.
Thank you for participating! Special thanks to the Latvian community in Belgium for the warm welcome.
The ReputationTime conference and masterclasses will be organised in Riga May 12, 2017. Book your ticket now!