Watching the Watchdogs: Where busy readers get news

Tuesday, August 5, 2008 | 5:19 p.m. CDT

Editor's note: In today's busy world, how do you find time to watch, process and analyze the news? That's one question we'll be asking at the final "Watching the Watchdog" event, which starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Columbia Public Library. Here is how one reader makes time for news while working two jobs.

If you add up all of the years that Madeline Rolley has worked her two jobs, you'll find she's been working longer than she's been alive. Her day begins at 7 a.m. at Mid Missouri Mental Health Center. It ends at 8:30 p.m. at Daniel Boone Regional Library.

If you go

"Watching the Watchdog" events are sponsored by the Columbia Human Rights Commission's Study Circles program, the Columbia Missourian and the Reynolds Journalism Institute. The final discussion will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Columbia Public Library. Childcare and transportation are available. Call 573-874-7487 for more information.

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A 52-year-old woman who has worked 59 years.

Time isn't always on her side, but news is something Rolley makes room for. It's usually time between loads of laundry or when she's waiting for the conditioner to set in her hair - the space in between her busy day.

She watches the media so she can talk with her co-workers and plan her finances. A lot of the news strikes her as negative. It makes her feel sad. And every once in a while she hears about an event or a person and thinks, "that could be me."


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