catapult magazine

catapult magazine
News to Me

vol. 13, num. 7 :: 2014.04.04 — 2014.04.17

An increasing number of people are getting their news from parody shows like those hosted by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, and yet an abundance of news sources persist, from public radio to gossip, the Internet to the local newspaper.  Where do you get your news and why?



The trail of tears

On reading the paper and selecting which stories to let in.

Feed me

One reason I had no idea what’s going on in Venezuela.


Gossip column

The value of local news as a lens for seeing the world.


All my tall tales

On paying attention to what we consume, and how we consume.

It’s all news to me

The seasons of life, and the seasons of news.

A false sense of security

Considering the news, from a childhood in the turbulent 60s to adulthood as an African missionary.

Zero time

On making space to let the news shape us, and our opinions.

“I read the news today -- oh, boy…”

The power of being a filter for other people’s news.

In case you missed it the first time

My addiction

The journey of an addictive personality leads to…the radio?

Print may be dying, but the truth will live

A perspective on medium from a professional in journalism.

Reading the newspaper

A case for committing to information we can touch.

Weaving the web


The show offers an hour-long apology for failing to vet its sources for the wildly popular episode about iPhone manufacturing, raising questions about fact and fiction.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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