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Local News or International News- Which is More Significant?

By Insha Farid

Gone are the days when news meant watching a single news channel or reading a single newspaper. Today, we have a huge variety of newspapers as well as news channels to choose from. We have the freedom to decide what we want to know and how much we want to know. Many people are calling this era as the best era to live in. They say that we have never been as aware about what is happenings around the world as we are today. Today’s era is referred to as the era of information. We have information coming at us from all sources. News today is not only restricted to what is happening in our community. Instead we have all the information about what is happening around the whole wide world available at a single click. But which news is more significant? Is it our local news which tells us what is happening in our community or is it the international news which tells us what is happening at the global level? In today’s fast paced world, how important is it for a person to be well versed with everything? Team KO asks. Here is what a few denizens have to say.

Sahil Ahmad
I do follow international news but to me, local news is more important because the issues are more relevant. What is happening in another continent is hardly going to affect me. But what happens around me will definitely have a profound effect on my everyday life.
—— Sahil Ahmad, Lab Technician
Salim Ahmad
Local news is more relevant than international news. People are bound to follow the local news more keenly because they know it is going to affect them one way or the other. International news hardly matters as far as the local community is concerned.
—— Salim Ahmad , Govt. Employee
Razia Sheeba
Nobody watches the news any more. Today everything is available on the internet. I remember reading the newspaper daily as a child but today I can get information about the entire world with just a click. If I have to, I would say international news is more important because it sets the course of things.
—— Razia Sheeba , PhD Scholar
Rahila Amin
This is the 21st century and people today rely more on social media for news than on the traditional media. Internet has allowed us to stay on top of both local as well as international happenings.
—— Rahila Amin , Private Employee
Maroofa Jan
I feel that local news is more significant as it lets you stay updated about what is happening in your local community. Most people are hardly concerned about what is happening at the global level but everyone wants to know what is going on around them.
—— Maroofa Jan , Teacher
Insha Latif
Both have their own significance. I firmly believe that before knowing about your own community or state, you should have knowledge about what is happening around the world. We shouldn’t only restrict ourselves to the local media. There are many issues of importance which are only covered by the International media.
—— Insha Latif , PG Student
Asif Ahmad
I watch Al Jazeera daily. One needs to stay updated about what is happening around the world. This doesn’t mean that the local news is less important. I think if you really want to be well informed, you should have knowledge of what is happening around you as well as what is happening in the whole world.
—— Asif Ahmad, PhD Scholar
Ashfaq Wani
Local news only focuses on the local community whereas international news covers issues which are important for people all over the world. Also, the full form of the word news is North, East, West, South so if we go by the word itself, it means we should have knowledge about what is happening around the entire world and not just what is happening in our own society.
—— Ashfaq Wani , Martial Arts Trainer
I don’t follow international news at all. I only follow local and national news. We have so many issues of our own that we don’t need to know what is happening at the global level. Besides international news hardly affects us.
—— Farooq Dar , Teacher
I strongly believe that local news is more significant than international news. It doesn’t only cover what is happening in our own backyard but also serves as a public record library. International media can never report the local news with as much clarity and substance as the local media does.
—— Zafar Lone , Govt. Employee
Most people think that local news is only about the weather or the condition of the roads. But in reality, it is much more than that. Local news keeps are informed about what is happening in our society. It highlights issue which the international media may not be interested in but which are equally important.
—— Parvaiz Nabi , Self Employed
We are more interested in knowing about what is happening in our state and our local community rather than what is happening in the rest of the world. When it comes to prioritizing, local news will always be more important than international news.
—— Syed Afshan , Private Employee
Our local media is good for nothing. Most of our local newspapers are only filled with advertisements. They hardly report any news. They should learn journalism from international news agencies. International news appeals more to me as it is well organized and well drafted.
—— Afzal Sofi , Govt. Employee
It is difficult to decide which news is more significant. I follow both local and as well as international media. It is important to stay up-to-date with what is happening around you as well as with what is happening in the rest of the world. It is quite possible that international news will have as much impact as the local news.
—— Sapna Gill, PG Student


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