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The Best Gifts For The News Junkie In Your Life

We all know a special someone who lives for the 24-hour news cycle.

When historians look back on 2016, they will remember it as both a very good and very bad year for the news media.

There was the proliferation of propaganda that itself became the subject of headlines during the presidential election and blockbuster ratings for TV news; there were data-driven investigations and more than a few examples of the fourth estate dropping the ball

Regardless of your own relationship to the news, you almost definitely know someone who is a dedicated news hound.

We have a soft spot in our heart for news lovers, whether they never miss a podcast or spend hours poring over longform stories. Here are a few gift ideas for the journalism junkie on your holiday gift list. 

  • A Pass To The Newseum In Washington, D.C.
    The interactive museum dedicated to all things news, the Newseum houses and explains artifacts that made the headlines -- lik
    The Newseum
    The interactive museum dedicated to all things news, the Newseum houses and explains artifacts that made the headlines -- like a piece of the Berlin Wall, the first satellite news van and a gallery of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs. Regular passes and memberships are available.
  • A Day At The CNN Studio In Atlanta
    You can take a studio tour of CNN's world headquarters, where you'll have the chance to ride on the world's longest freestand
    Jose Fuste Raga via Getty Images
    You can take a studio tour of CNN's world headquarters, where you'll have the chance to ride on the world's longest freestanding escalator. (It's 196 feet long, for the fact-checkers.)
  • A Copy Of 'Spotlight'
    The Academy Award-winning film tells the story of how The Boston Globe's investigative reporting team broke open the sex abus
    Steven Senne/AP
    The Academy Award-winning film tells the story of how The Boston Globe's investigative reporting team broke open the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic church. The story reverberated across the globe -- and for once, portrayed journalists as truth-seeking, realistic (and rather likable) figures.
  • A New York Times Crossword Puzzle With Personal Meaning
    You can order copies of The New York Times' famous crossword puzzle that come framed so no one can fill in the answ
    Carolyn Kaster/AP
    You can order copies of The New York Times' famous crossword puzzle that come framed so no one can fill in the answers before you get the chance. You can order reprints of specific days -- think anniversaries or birthdays -- to make this gift even more special.
  • "Covering America: A Narrative History of a Nation's Journalism"
    For news junkies who double as history buffs, Boston University journalism professor Christopher Daly has produced a handy to
    Amazon
    For news junkies who double as history buffs, Boston University journalism professor Christopher Daly has produced a handy tome that tells the story of American journalism from the Colonial era through the current chapter of online news.
  • Donations To Investigative Journalism Nonprofits
    ProPublica, PBS Frontline and the Better Government Association are just a few organizations dedicated to independent, p
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    ProPublica, PBS Frontline and the Better Government Association are just a few organizations dedicated to independent, professional journalism that digs deep into stories that matter.
  • Noise-Canceling Headphones
    A pair of noise-canceling headphones that help tune out the rest of the world (at least until this episode is done) are
    Paul Bradbury via Getty Images
    A pair of noise-canceling headphones that help tune out the rest of the world (at least until this episode is done) are a must for podcast lovers. 
  • Tote Bag
    Give your a loved one a bag branded with the logo of their favorite news organization -- the perfect item to t
    NPR
    Give your a loved one a bag branded with the logo of their favorite news organization -- the perfect item to take to a farmers market or local political protest.
  • And, Of Course: Subscriptions
    While critics love to snark that print is dead, it's nice to receive a newspaper or glossy magazine in the mail. Or you can o
    Lyle Leduc via Getty Images
    While critics love to snark that print is dead, it's nice to receive a newspaper or glossy magazine in the mail. Or you can opt for a digital-only subscription, which most publications have. Don't forget the option of sending someone regional publications. Some of the most interesting stories are being told by quarterlies like the Oxford American (covering the South) and Belt Magazine (covering the Midwest).
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