Growing up, I never paid attention to the news. I was always so concentrated on school, or sports, or my extracurricular activities that I felt I couldn’t keep up!
Over the past few years, my interest and work in journalism as well as my expanding worldview led me to realize that it is extremely important to know about what is going on in the world. When you read the news on a regular basis, not only can you carry on an intelligent conversation with others, but you start caring about more than just the small world that each of us lives in on a daily basis.
Luckily for us, these days there are a plethora of apps, newsletters, and services that make it so easy to keep up with current events! Here are a few of my favorites that I think you should definitely check out!
- The Skimm
- I love this newsletter! I read it everyday! Founded by two women who used to work for NBC, they get millenials! The newsletter is sent out every weekday morning, and summarizes the most important headlines of the day. They also break everything down into really easy to understand terms, and provide links to more in depth info on each subject.
- I also have their SkimmAhead calendar, which is so cool. They update my IOS calendar with all the important events I might need to know about, ahead of time (plus offer awesome suggestions for everything from the latest shows to upcoming music festivals to when I should be booking my Thanksgiving flight ticket home (yeah need to get on that)).
- By the way, I’m officially a Skimm’bassador, so click on the link above to sign up and give me extra Skimm cred!
- NYTimes Morning Briefing (And Evening Briefing!)
- This is the second newsletter that I read each and every day. More traditional than The Skimm, I feel that the New York Times gives me a rundown of what’s important in the national and international scene. The journalism is always stellar, and the storytelling is on point. They also always include a “Back Story” that serves as an interesting conversation starter.
- NYTimes App (with notifications!)
- In addition to reading the morning briefing, I have the NYTimes app on my iPhone. They have breaking news notifications that alert you whenever something major goes down. Even if I don’t have time to check out the full story right then, I’m aware of what’s happened and I make sure to look out for the info in the evening briefing.
- CBS News App
- For those of us who like to watch our news, but don’t have TV, the CBS News app lets you stream full shows after they’ve aired. I will watch the previous night’s Evening News as I’m getting ready in the morning for a more mixed media look at the top stories.
- Copy That
- I just signed up for this newsletter! This one is a great curation of the week’s top stories, and replaces my Daily Skimm on Saturdays!
- #IMayBeInterningHere (but still sign up because it’s awesome!)
How do you guys get your news?! I’d love to hear any suggestions and I hope that you try out some of mine!
Until Next Time.