Staying up-to-date on the news may seem intimidating or even an added task, especially when you are trying to take care of everything else on your plate. Staying in the know doesn’t take too much time and effort if you do it in a way compatible with your lifestyle. No one expects you to be an expert on the political climate of the Middle East, but it is expected that you have some idea of what is going on in the world in which you live.
Here are some tips to help you to stay informed:
1. Social Media
I know most of you are already on social media, so take a couple minutes and follow some news providers. For example, many news outlets have a Twitter handle. The next time you check your Twitter feed, be sure to follow some sources to get your dish of daily news.
2. The National Public Radio (NPR) phone app
The NPR phone app is a great way to stay in the know. You can use it to listen to news stories while you are getting ready in the morning, walking to class or waiting for class to start. One of my favorite ways to stay informed is by listening to the “Morning Edition” segment while I get ready in the morning.
3. Other phone apps
There are plenty of apps out there to help you stay in the know while on the go. Most of the big news apps will push updates on breaking news. The AP, CNN and USA Today apps are just some examples.
4. Two birds with one stone
Do not be afraid to multitask when it comes to the news. One of my favorite ways to do this is by watching “Anderson Cooper 360” during my evening treadmill time.
5. The Skimm
The Skimm is an email blast that goes out in the morning filled with what is going on in the world. It is designed to be easy to read and understand. The Skimm is geared toward professional women, but as a professional man I still find it useful despite the girly tone.
What are your favorite ways to stay in the know?
By Frank Hopper
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