We all know that it’s super important to stay up-to-date on current events and the news – the U.S. has a primary election coming up, there are different foreign policy decisions happening every day, and more and more legislation is being pushed through that directly affects all of us. But sometimes staying on top of the news is easier said than done. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled our favorite ways to say super now on the news.
Subscribe To An Email News Service
You’ve probably been hearing people rant on and on about the Daily Skimm, and it’s for a good reason. The Skimm comes directly to your inbox between 7 and 8 a.m. and gives you an abbreviated version of the news in a clever and witty way. You can Skimm on your way to work, Skimm over your morning coffee, or Skimm right after the tenth time you pressed snooze. The Skimm breaks down the news into bite-sized bits and, most importantly, gives you a reason why a certain story is important.
Even though we’re totally obsessed with the Daily Skimm, it isn’t the only daily newsletter you can subscribe to. Publications like USA Today, The Daily Beast, and The New York Times have newsletters, too, and you should definitely check them out to see what works best for your needs.
Newsify Your Twitter Feed
You know when you’re waiting in line for your smoothie at lunch and you’re just scrolling away on Twitter, finding out what your roommates did last night or about the latest celebrity controversy? You could totally be scrolling through news bulletins and important headlines instead. Try following your favorite and local news outlets to get the latest right to your smartphone on one of your favorite apps. Don’t know who to follow? We suggest The Associated Press (@AP), CNN (@CNN), or Al Jazeera (@AJEnglish) for some great, unbiased news.
Tune Out To A Podcast
We all know there are some great podcasts out there (Serial, anyone?), and we’re thinking that maybe they’re the perfect way to consume the news, too. NPR has great podcasts for you to jam out to on your ride to work or as you’re getting ready for class, as does BBC, The New Yorker, and even HBO. Find one that really suits you, and have at it.
Listen To The Radio
So maybe this tip is a little bit similar to the “listen to a podcast” one, but we love it because the radio is like the quaint, old-fashioned version of podcasts. Once again, NPR has great radio options that you can definitely search in your region. Do a Google search and ask around for other great radio news options to make your traffic-filled commute to work a little bit more informative.
Get it with laughter
Yes, this is a serious suggestion. In recent years, a myriad of news satire shows have popped up all over, and you know what? Sometimes they’re just as informative as your stuffy, traditional news shows. Tune into The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central) or Last Week Tonight (HBO) (because Jon Oliver, the host, has an accent that is too perfect) to get another angle of the news. Disclaimer: please remember that these are comedians delivering your news. Although all of the information that they’re delivering is authentic and correct, we suggest satire news shows to be a supplement to your news consumption. We definitely suggest these shows, but think before you make it your primary source for information.