Wednesday, April 13, 2016

How to Keep up With the News

So I really enjoy the news. I was basically raised to enjoy the news, I grew up in a family who eat and breath current events. Growing up I never really had to put in much effort to know what was going on the in the world, as I always just overheard what was going on just by being at home. I also grew up right outside of Washington DC, so the local news was basically the national news.

Since coming to college keeping up with the news has been the struggle. Unless I make an effort to find out what all is going on in the world, I'm not going to know. On top of that it is hard to make time for the news with everything going on in college too.

But, I do think that at least knowing the basics of what is going on in the world is important. I enjoy knowing what is going on and educating myself on issues and forming my own opinion of where I stand. I also think it is especially important to do so with the elections coming up.

Can I just say really quick, if you are voting this November please be open minded and educate yourself on both parties and their stances before making your decision. I feel like so many people make their decisions on random tidbits they overhear or word on the street or who their friends or parents like, which are all not ways of making an educated decision. I digress....

Anyways, here are some easy ways to keep up with the news if you struggle with it like myself.

This is one of my favorite ways of keeping up with current events, basically any source of news has a Twitter account and they will Tweet the latest happenings throughout the day. This is one of my favorite ways of keeping up with the news because you can tailor it more towards the sources you're interested in. The Washington Post and The New York Times are both classics and two of my faves.

Sometimes I'll turn on The Today Show in the morning, while it is definitely not the most in depth source of news; as it is a talk show. It is a good way to wake up and get a little of an idea to what all is going on.

I feel like everyone knows what the TheSkimm is by now. But it is an email subscription service that will send you daily emails of the basics of what is going on in the world. I am subscribed but I don't really ever read the emails. But, if you really don't ever read the news this is definitely a good starting place.


I recently discovered the NYT Now app which I really like. It's easier to check on the go, as it's on my phone and I just have to touch one button rather than search for an email. The New York Times also has a similar email subscription service to TheSkimm, called The NYT Now Morning Briefing. I actually prefer these emails over TheSkimm it is a little more in depth.

For the most part any news source that I can access on my phone is great because I will often use the time before class starts to check up on the news.

Hope this was helpful for anyone who struggles with keeping up with the news!!

What are some of your favorite ways to keep up with the news?

Thanks for reading!!

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