Well, that was a week. Noisy, some of it important perhaps, some of it unlikely to matter past the news cycle.
The older I get, the less interested I am in the noise, or at least I yearn for the substance or the meaning behind it. The daily news cycle, as relentless as it is, matters – heck, it’s my job! – and helping Age readers be informed is a privilege.
But my instinct is that many of our subscribers want more from us in an era of too much news, too many opinions. At our best, we cover, sift, analyse and explain as honestly and comprehensively as we can, even though the 24-hour news cycle is a hungry beast.
Day by day, that’s my biggest challenge, to catch time to sit back and take stock, to work out what really matters, what Age readers demand from us. Sometimes, like many of us, my day can disappear in a mirage of furious busy-ness, the urgent crowding out the important.