“Know More, Live Better” in the Era of Fake News
Rhode Island Monthly's tagline has never been more important.
Rhode Island Monthly is turning thirty this year. Our venerable magazine has survived a lot, but nothing more complicated than the birth of the Internet and its two-faced offspring, Facebook.
But we’re still here.
I loved Rhode Island Monthly long before I joined the staff nearly seven years ago. I loved that it could scoop local and national outlets on big political stories; that it could dive deep into mysterious subjects; that I could rely on thoughtful, artfully written dining reviews and public affairs columns every month. I loved that I could count on great recommendations for day-to-day life. Many personal memories were spawned from ideas from Rhode Island Monthly.
I love that we still produce this work every month and, for the last decade, every day here on RIMonthly.com. Our team works hard to write, edit and fact-check stories that are valuable to our readers. That help you “Know more, live better,” as our tagline suggests.
We use social media to get our stories out: on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and, last but certainly not least, Facebook. But, in the era of “fake news” and shadowy content algorithms, Facebook has made it more difficult for our community to see the stories we produce every day. That’s where you come in.
If you’re a fan on Facebook, throw us a “follow.” If you really like us — hey, it’s mutual! — select “see first” under the “follow” button, so our stories appear at the top of your newsfeed. In the last three days, we’ve posted stories ranging from the best events of the week to a movement on gun violence started by a local ER doctor to a guide to the tastiest coffee in the state. There’s a lot to see.
I feel compelled to mention: We’re not only writing about Rhode Island. We’re from Rhode Island. The magazine’s publisher and proprietor, John Palumbo, grew up in Barrington. We’re as locally owned as it gets.
So throw us a “like” and a “follow” or — heck — come visit us on RIMonthly.com without a nudge on Facebook. If you like what you see, subscribe. Our website is pretty, but it just can’t compete with glossy print. Rhode Island Monthly is meant to be read in an armchair in winter and a beach chair in summer. A phone or clumsy laptop throws the whole thing off.
Also related: In our March issue, our Reporter columnist, Ellen Liberman, wrote a very juicy piece about the anemic state of local media. Sure, it’ll be online before long. But it’s on newsstands now. Go ahead: Read local.