Commercial news does not emphasize our world’s most important issues

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“The internet is losing it over pop star’s new look.” “Kylie Jenner reveals which incident motivated her to get bigger lips.” “Apple set to reveal new iPhone and watch.” “This high ranking senator considers calling it quits.” “Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin take daughter Apple, 13, for a smoothie.”

The above are all headlines plastered over the home pages of accredited US and UK news sites in the past week. In a world filled with damage, devastation, and disaster, news sites really suppose that the most important news for the world to know is the latest updates on the Kardashians and other reality TV celebrities? In the midst of numerous hurricanes, earthquakes, and a plethora of natural disasters, how does Hollywood buzz still make its way to the front headlines?

“At least 270,000 Rohingya flee violence.” “Mexico’s strongest earthquake in a century leaves dozens dead.” “Egypt’s latest tomb discovery.” “Rebels are finally ready to surrender in Marawi, Philippines.” “Belgian mayor found dead with throat slashed in the cemetery.”

The headlines above took more than a few good minutes of searching through categories and subcategories to uncover. These headlines led to articles about passion and dedication contained within professionals around the globe. Articles filled with tales of happiness and achievement from both young and old. Articles brimming with stories of sadness and destruction caused by the world’s terrors. Articles that deserve to make the front page.

In short, articles about the events above deserve the front page much more than articles about Hollywood celebrities. People should know about what’s happening in the world that they live in, not where Miley Cyrus went for lunch in Malibu. People who are constantly struggling to survive and undergoing constant adversity deserve our attention. News sites are not doing their job in making the important information readily available to us.

I can understand and acknowledge that important recent news such as Hurricane Irma and DACA do make the headlines. It’s not as if entire news sites are made up of meaningless rumors and Hollywood buzz. However, the fact that it was incredibly easier to find news about Kylie Jenner than the 270,000 Rohingya people under persecution on CNN proves that there is definitely progress to be made in terms of news that gets priority.

Exposure of issues such as hunger and poverty should increase over time, not diminish. If news constantly covered these problems, maybe they would have gained enough attention to permanently find a solution for them by now.”

“A child dies every 10 seconds from hunger.” “Over one million people die from malaria each year in Sub-Saharan Africa.” “5,000 innocent people died in six months in the Syrian conflict.” “Abu Sayyaf Philippines militant group take prisoners hostage on pirate boats.”

Lastly, these are headlines that don’t make the news at all. These issues are constantly occurring and have been for years. However, just because a world problem has been happening for a long time doesn’t mean that it doesn’t deserve equal coverage. Exposure of issues such as hunger and poverty should increase over time, not diminish. If news constantly covered these problems, maybe they would have gained enough attention to permanently find a solution for them by now.

In the time that it took for you to read this editorial, another 20 children have died from hunger. Do you think the news will report on it?