Media (local)
  • The media in Spokane plays a powerful, beneficial influence in developing a stronger community.  Citizens can do their part in helping the media strengthen families and our community.   
  • The circulation and readership of daily newspapers in the United States is declining significantly, even while our population is increasing.   As a result, more and more people are not reading the news of the world around them or about the important issues of the day.  They apparently rely on what others tell them or on the sound bites of television news, where even the most significant subjects rarely get more than 60 seconds.  
  • When communities are constantly fed by adults (media, politicians, parents, and others) a steady diet of negative, fault-finding talk, it is no surprise that children's attitudes are influenced and they turn to bullying and harassing one another.  While problems and challenges are a part of life, a steady diet of negative news and talk creates a spirit of pessimism instead of optimism.
  • There are wonderful, heartwarming and inspiring stories in our community.  They happen every day--it is simply a matter of finding them.  Sharing these stories can help create community service, new social programs, reunite families, and influence social change.  It is important and easier to write about the problems, but it is not the only thing to write about.  

What You Can Do
  • Increase your concern for families and our community by becoming more informed and responsive to local and national issues.
  • Make a difference by sharing stories and useful information with the media that inspire and motivate citizens, and promote faith, hope and charity.  
  • Report something new, or find out what is going on in Spokane

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Local Organizations
Additional Resources
Fake News.  The Globe and Mail's editor Evan Annett wrote a "fake news spotting quiz" to help readers understand what fake news looks like and what forms it comes in.  Annett's definition of fake news falls under 5 categories:  disinformation for profit, disinformation for political gain, disinformation for crime, viral pranks, and uncritically reporting a hoax as fact. 
  • Snopes.  One of the most popular websites for fact checking.  The team works hard to verify or debunk viral stories.  The Snopes' staff has no political agenda since "members of the editorial staff are precluded from donating to, or participating in, political campaigns, political parties, or political advocacy organizations."  Snopes is a famous go-to site for anyone trying to debunk a myth - or a fake news story.