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NEWS

We live in the world that is saturated by news.  You get up in the morning and eat your breakfast while reading your newspaper.  You go to work while listening to news on the radio.  While at work, you can scan through various news headlines on the internet.  After you get home from work, part of your nightly ritual is to watch the evening news.  We all have this inherent need to know what's important activities are going on around us locally, nationally, and internationally.

News is the reporting of current events usually by local, regional or mass media in the form of newspapers, television and radio programs, or sites on the World Wide Web.  To be considered "news", an event usually must have broad interest due to one or more news values that include the impact of the event, timeliness, revelation, entertainment, odditiy, or celebrity. 

There is wealth of new resources out there in any form of mass communication media outlets.  But we also note, just like many many people around the United States, that news is becoming increasingly homogeneous, particularly among major news networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CNN).  This has caused a backlash among many people and have helped stimulate the rise of many alternative news outlets that offer different perspectives on current events.  One news source that is gaining popularity for its journalistic integrity, and for asking tough questions to important people, is the publically-funded Democracy Now with Amy Goodman.  The daily news Trade Show Displays can be viewed at www.democracynow.org.

Here at RingSurf, we are jumping onto the news bandwagon.  Although we won't be covering every story out there, we will examine critical news events for comprehensive analysis as reported by various news-gathering organizations from around the world.  Our first assignment deals with the devastating tsunami that affected South Asia and East Africa on December 26th.      

If there are any news that you feel needs to be covered in more detail or has limited coverage here, we want to know about it.  We also welcome any questions, comments, criticisms, and concerns that you may have.  We are devoted to providing you with quality information, and any input you may have will greatly be appreciated.