As a global citizen and active participant in the world, it is important to stay informed about issues globally and locally. Essential aspects of our lives are changing on a daily basis and it is our job to learn, assess our emotions towards the change, and take action. Being a college student, I find that due to my schedule and personal obligations, I tend to miss the daily news on television. Instead, I have found that using a combination of other resources has been effective for me—and below are recommendations on how to stay current and involved.
One of the simplest ways to receive information is through subscriptions to various news outlets. I receive daily emails from different accredited outlets and have found that it is the best way for me to receive information without being overwhelmed. I can sift through and read articles from various sources at the start of and throughout the day which allows me to make the most of my time and the information I receive.
The Skimm: focuses on telling the in depth story of one main topic each morning. The writers of The Skimm use easy to understand language as well as slang to relate to and get the message across generations. The Skimm also has links to websites that further explain certain aspects of an article within the email for easy access. The Skimm also has a regular podcast!
Another way to stay informed is listening to a daily podcast to get an overview of what is going on in the world today. Personally, I prefer listening to a short podcast that will give me the information I need, without going into significant detail. Listening to a short podcast works well for me because I can listen to it while I walk to class or while I’m doing other activities. The length also ensures that I will stay interested the entire time. These podcasts give me the opportunity to learn about topics and further research the ones that either interest me or confuse me, without taking up large amounts of time.
The Daily: describes itself as “how the news should sound.” It was created by the New York Times and is hosted by Michael Barbaro. For 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week, Barbaro hosts a show where he delves into what he believes to be the most important issue or event going on in the country on that day. Barbaro often collaborates with a different New York Times journalist or experts on the topic he is discussing to provide Americans with detailed facts and insights on a particular topic—allowing people to create informed, educated opinions on these topics. Barbaro ends the show with a two-minute segment about what else a person needs to know on that day.
Further, since most of us are constantly logged into social media, a way Chandler Potts stays informed is to follow news accounts online:
I am a Gen-Z college student who relies on her phone more than she should. I accept that I fit this stereotype and the pros and cons that accompany it. However, it can be incredibly useful to utilize different social media accounts and platforms in order to receive well-rounded news. Older generations may have various opinions about media consumption from strictly social platforms or, but I have found that I enjoy controlling where my views go. Instead of supporting mass media and news channels that are almost all owned by the same two companies and undoubtedly push their own agenda while reporting news with an underlying bias, I choose to not contribute to their views and ratings. I follow independent reporters and news accounts on Instagram and gain my knowledge via posts and linked articles.
News channels are known to post negative, dramatized news because it is good for ratings and therefore more profitable. Likewise, anger and separation generates more cash flow than unity does. However, in my experience, independent news sources are less inclined to include bias and social media accounts tend to generate followers and account interaction by posting stories that create positive or authentic imagery and generate positive feelings. Personally, I am happier in this space that highlights the good while still informing on current issues rather than being constantly bombarded with the negativity around us.
@gaurdian_us: The Guardian provides serious content in an Instagram friendly form with videos, linked articles, and strong graphics. It originated as a British news source prior to the creation of a US version. It’s motto is “no hidden influence, no agenda, no commercial interests. Just open, honest, fearless journalism.” The Guardian provides independent insight on a variety of national and international hot topics.
In this day of the 24/7 news cycle, staying informed is a choice we have to make each day so that we can form educated opinions and make educated decisions. Lack of knowledge of specific facts and figures about current events can lead to ignorance and the spread of misinformation. By using the resources above, you can easily become a more informed citizen of this world.
Author: Bridget Kane, ft. Social Media Insight by Chandler Potts
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