Not many people have a clue what happens to their trash when they put it on the curb at 7 in the morning.
Most people don’t know if they should recycle that pizza box that their family used for dinner.
A lot of people don’t think about the consequences of using an extra plastic bag at the grocery store.
That’s why waste is important, that is why this topic is important and that is why people must know about this world of waste that seems so hidden to them. Just inside the Ocean State, there are changes occurring with people’s trash. A new bill has been formed that will ban plastic bags throughout the state, pizza boxes can now be recycled and the landfill where all the states waste goes will close in just about two decades. All these stories are huge but many Rhode Islanders are unaware that they are even going on.
This idea of people being unaware of what is happening not only occurs in the world of waste but it occurs throughout any topic. That is why the role of journalists is vital because without someone to tell these stories, the public is unaware of what is going on.
It is said that a journalist’s job is to be the watchdog of society and today, this could not be more true. With small publications dying and local news falling off, there are a limited number of outlets that people can go to for local, reliable news. People need to be there to tell these stories about a variety of different topics.
As shown by this year’s series on NPR about positive Vietnam War stories, there are millions of stories out there, they just need to be told. Whether it is a large story or a small story like waste, they just need to be told.