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You Are What You Read

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  239 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Hardcover, 181 pages
Published April 4th 2019 by Unbound
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Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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When did you last see a good news story? We seem to have a diet of really bad news that never stops. Even when the presenter is talking about the latest disaster there is a ticker tape of sub-stories that expand to fill the vacuum of the entire day. It is just draining listening to or reading the stories that flood out of our media. I stopped watching a while ago now, and even though I buy the weekend papers, I tend to read the supplements rather than the main section. Thankfully though, there ...more
Doug DesCombaz
Fine points, lots of filler

If you are reading this, you may already be in the choir. In that case, you can safely move to the resource list at the end. If you have time to kill, some core concepts wrapped around anecdotes, quotes, and tropes.

But, yeah, as a recovering news junkie, I agree with the crux of the book,, and have been on a quest to be educated, engaged, and informed in a manner that is actionable (whatever that means).
Nada Elshabrawy
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, audio
The fast pace and negative bias of the news leaves many - me included - feeling hopeless. For a while I shut down all news outlets from my life, but this felt wrong. There was surely another way to stay informed. Jodie Jackson makes a case for solution based news as a way to empower readers to take action. She does not suggests that it should replace investigative journalism, but rather complement it. She thinks that journalism can expose problems, and also highlight solutions.
Together with
Jason Hillenburg
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jodie Jacksons You Are What You Read will cause a stir. Jacksons book takes an unusual but well-reasoned position. She earned a degree in Positive Psychology and has built a reputation for researching the psychological impact negative news coverage has on the viewing public. The central thrust of her argument is that the media lacks a balanced approach to news coverage all too often slanted towards the dark and dire rather than incorporating solutions and the forward march of human progress into ...more
A Reader
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
Its not a big revelation that the current media environment and poor-quality journalism has overtaken good-quality journalism. The 24/7 news and our constant exposure to the negative news can significantly change an individuals mood and have long-lasting psychological effects. The rise of social media has drastically changed political discourse and public engagement. There is a lot of fake news and fake people on social media whose purpose is to manipulate us and to influence us.

But the rise of
Cheryl M-M
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I absolutely understand why some people, including the author choose to step away from the negativity that drives the media. It has become almost like a shark feeding frenzy with the audience baying for blood. The more traumatic, brutal and soul-destroying the news is the better.

The news of today isn't the news of yesterday. We used to have media outlets with journalists who strived to give the world, their audience, the facts and the truth, albeit as they perceived it through their frame of
The Literary Shed
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jodie Jacksons You Are What You Read: Why Changing Your Media Diet Can Change the World is what all good non-fiction should be exciting, challenging and perceptive.

That said, we are Jacksons readership. The people whove stopped reading newspapers, watching the news, even watching terrestrial television because were irritated with the way in which information is handed to us, the way in which the press manipulates what we see, we read, we hear. We just get our news in a different way now. And we
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
While interesting and thought-provoking, I found the book lacked organization.

At worst, there's a lot of padding.
At best, it feels like each chapter was written as a stand-alone article, and then everything was stitched together as a book. There's a lot of repetition, to the point where I had to stop several times wondering whether I'd somehow already read what I was reading.

It's a shame. The author did interesting research and has a lot to teach, I feel like the ideas presented here need to
Siri Arntzen
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I warmly recommend this book. After feeling thoroughly down from the doom and gloom of the daily news picture, this book was a true saviour! Not only do I now have a plethora of sources on constructive journalism, I have a better understanding of how and why the news diet is the way it is, the psychological effects, and what can be done to change it.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A short but extremely well written and well researched book on the benefits of solutions-focussed news. Makes its case well and, suitably, goes further than just telling us theres a problem. ...more
Danielle Batist
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As media organisations globally are starting to embrace constructive journalism, Jodie fulfills a crucial role by engaging and empowering not just those who make the news, but all of us. If You Are What You Read is about consuming stories that are good for you, then this very book is a great place to start. ...more
Gintare Balseviciute
Well researched, eye-opening book. I really liked that it not only highlighted the benefits of solutions journalism, but also provided tips on how to improve your reading diet.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a demonstration of the need to review how you interact with media. It provides the bolster for the idea that critical thinking is important not just its application but also n its benefits.

How you both challenge and explore the media avalanche of news can both be of benefit to understanding and emotional wellbeing.

I would recommend supporting the ideas and framework this book champions. If you feel the need to know more by accepting less then this should be a appropriate way point
Michael MacDonald
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good overview of Solutions Focused Journalism

This is a solid addition to any positive psychology enthusiasts library.

Its a quick yet insightful introduction to how your reading diet can affect the way you think, feel, and act.

Feed your brain well and boost your mood in positive tangible ways.

Definitely worth checking out.
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
It talks about some basic principles for a reader. Good effort and genuine passion, but it can be easily done in an article not worth a book. As for the suggestion to the journalism, it's unrealistic and impractical.
Mark Bowsher
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jodie Jacksons book is more than just a dream - its a balanced, realistic love letter to constructive journalism. It addresses not just the industry of fast food style news journalism but how it effects our mental health. Optimistic and vital reading. ...more
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very interesting read on the toxic outcomes of the majority of today's media (fast paced, sensational, quantity over quality, the conglomerates annex ads, etc.)
Bian Wenbo
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
The news pursues excitement, so it presents too many negative events that are difficult to see on a daily basis; news organizations pursue interests and need more readers, so they are destined to be unable to dig deeper.

In fact, this problem Neil Postman has long said in "Entertainment to Death", the solution is simple and rude, do not look at the news, to focus on the scope of their own capabilities.

The author of this book is not so absolute, he gives solutions from two aspects.

On the one hand,
Simon Howard
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Henk-Jan van der Klis
In a fast-paced world with clickbait 'news', 'fake news', the current U.S. president blaming 'the media' of not supporting his 'alternative truths', it's up to us to reconsider our media consumption. The subject of Jodie Jackson's You Are What You Read: Why changing your media diet can change the world is not information overload, rather than seeking a new balance of negative news with solution journalism. She doesn't call for blind optimism, knows very well that an artificial Good News Week ...more
Girl With a Book
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I've ever manually highlighted a book as much as this one! While I can see the subject matter of this book ruffling some feathers, it's certainly more relevant than ever.
Having wanted to study journalism at University but opting out at the last minute, I personally hate what the media has come to represent.
More so, because Ive had enough of reading what is largely sensationalized click-bait, Im now considered by many to be ignorant. Yet, I am in fact, very well informed - I'm
Caroline Venables
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so interesting and I hope everyone takes the chance to read it. It was fascinating to think of media, as you would food. What news you take aboard informs your outlook and view of the world.

The argument throughout the book is not that we should purely see/hear positive news but that there should be a more equal balance between the news we are fed now, brexit, brexit, wars, disasters and news that provides answers to problems. News that spreads hope and provides us with some notion
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great insight on how our reading can affect how we perceive the world, due to how news is being portrayed. The author makes note of how the proliferation of bad news in the media gives the general impression that crime and disasters are on the rise, when in fact, news outlets exaggerate on bad news for their sales and to increase readership. She presents the arguments between solutions-based and problems-based news, in an attempt at reducing the feeling of being overwhelmed and helpless, and ...more
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the idea of this book

It is good to know that someone is trying to stand up against the rather broken model of modern journalism.

Journalists are information leaders who drive the flow of information. If they keep driving us towards negative news, then we tend to overcompensate our feelings about the world around us.

The idea of solution based news is a good ideal to lead us towards a mentality of trying to fix problems rather than feeling helpless.

Modern psychology and management theories all
mark barker
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Pretty simple points made in an easy to understand description of the echo chamber we usually find ourselves in. Im definitely going to apply some of the principles covered. I defiantly want to read solutions based media and media that presents each side of the argument. Ive always wanted to do that but didnt know where to turn. This book has those pointers. ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5. If you're someone who is already aware of, or interested in this topic then it's likely that this book wont be groundbreaking for you. Nevertheless, it's an important (and short) read if you know very little about the impact or how to adjust your media diet.
Jenna Spinelle
When will solutions journalism stop becoming a separate category that we talk about? I posed that question and more to Jodie on the New Books in Journalism podcast.
Cathy Williams
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very thought provoking
Sandy Morley
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
A short rallying cry to consume the news more consciously and make your head and the world a better place.
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Jodie Jackson is an expert on the psychological impact of the news on our mental health and the health of our society. Her widely cited research has led to regular speaking engagements at media and mental health conferences around the world. Jodie Jackson is a partner at The Constructive Journalism Project and she holds a masters degree in applied positive psychology. ...more

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