How is news like bread?
This simile was first presented to me my freshman year of high school, on the first day of my first journalism class. Little did I know, that same teacher who had us write an essay explaining this would be one of the most influential in my journalism career. That’s another story, but the simile she presented is still relevant five years later. News is definitely like bread.
It’s “timely,” expiring after a certain amount of days in the same way stories can lose their freshness and become irrelevant to report. Bread must be eaten before it gets stale. News must be reported before they are “stale” and irrelevant.
It’s diverse. There are several different sizes, styles and flavors for bread. There are whole grain breads, honey wheats, basil breads and baguettes; the list is almost endless. In a similar way, news is delivered over a broad spectrum of mediums. There are radio broadcasts, newscasts, newspapers, magazines, online newspapers, smartphone apps and more.
It is prominent, to the point that it is arguably a necessity, culturally and health wise. According to livestrong.com, breads provide our body with some of the carbohydrates, fibers, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals needed to function. It’s also huge in many cultures. A staple of French culture and depiction of that culture has become the baguette, a long, thin type of bread.
In comparison, news is the same. It’s what is on our mind, and informs us of what is going on in our country and world. Think of Monday, with the Boston Marathon tragedy. That is hugely prominent news. It’s partially because of media outlets and the news that organizations like The Red Cross were able to send out information about blood donation for victims. In addition, information was able to be released and spread about informational hotlines aiding those searching for their runners while phone services was temporarily cut off.
There are extensively many more ways to interpret this simile, but my argument stops here. This has consistently been one of my favorite similes, and is a wonderful example of just how relevant and important news is in our daily lives. I challenge my readers to think of more ways that news is similar to bread.