News can be a lot of things.
It can be fake. It can be biased. It can be noisy. It can be overwhelming. But it is still necessary for two things:
Public conversation - this could range from a report about communities affected by a new policy to uncovering a government scam Making informed decisions - this could range from deciding which stock to buy to which candidate to vote for.
So what's the role of journalism in this?
Journalists' job is to report facts, hold the powerful accountable and give voice to the voiceless. They make sure that the public conversation remains rooted in a shared reality (no alternate facts) and anything that matters is not missing from that conversation. They make sure that our decisions are informed by presenting all the facts & not just selective facts.
So, what we need is credible and comprehensive news where the credible and comprehensive part rests upon the journalists.
But what happens when we don't have credible and comprehensive news outlets/reporters?