In my last post, I talked a lot about the time I feel is spent wasted on social media by my friends and me. And after writing it, I realized I should talk about what I try to read on my phone and on the internet. Yes, there are the off chances that I will not do any of these things in a day, but it’s a low chance. When I was in college, I was a very informed person. I knew about the politics of many different states and different countries. I knew what was being talked about in the world of feminism and women’s rights work. That was my thing. I worked in these worlds of thought and studied in them. And then when I graduated, there wasn’t as much of a need for me to stay on my game.
I wasn’t going to be sitting around discussing these kinds of things with my family because it would cause those family arguments we all understand. I graduated and moved away from these people that I was engaging in these conversations with. One of my favorite parts of my trip back to Missoula was the fact that I was able to stop in and visit with my professors. I was able to discuss literature, news, current events, politics with them. That made me realize what I had been missing. It made my brain think. Since I’ve gotten back, I have been actively getting back into my habits of staying informed.
When I took the first class that actually challenged me and interested me at the same time, it was an international security class that required us to subscribe to the New York Times. I have never ended my subscription. It is one of my favorite things to read in the morning. They email me selected articles to read based off my preferences. I also get the California Today news from the NYT, and I read their Upshot articles twice a week.
I subscribe to the Foreign Policy magazine, who also send me great articles to my email that are tuned to my interest.
On snapchat, yes snapchat, I make sure to try to watch the CNN story everyday. I don’t have time to sit and watch CNN all day because I feel they show the same thing over and over, then they might show a new thing, then back to the same thing again. It’s something that I don’t like about the 24 hour news cycle, but that’s another discussion for another day.
I get local news updates for both my own city, San Luis Obispo, for LA, and for Western Montana through their respective NBC apps. Just the push notifications on the iPhone.
I’m also a very big researcher just in general so when I hear about something or something is going on, I go to a couple credible news sources and website, like NPR domestically and BBC internationally, to see what is going on.
Here are my tips for you if you’d think you might want to be more informed!
- Choose a couple favorite news outlets and get a daily round up from them. I highly recommend the New York Times.
- Follow them on social media. Like pages like NPR, BBC, CNN, FOX, NYT, whatever floats your boat, so that you don’t just end up reading Buzzfeed. Buzzed is great for some stuff but it’s not where you should be getting informed about the word. I love the social commentary and conversations they create though.
- Find your favorite news source for unbiased news to get the facts. Then find a website that you feel are more in your view point and see what they have to say. So as much as I love CNN and Trevor Noah, I try to read the NYT or the BBC to get the facts before I read or watch those shows.
- Download some apps! Some local news apps, the NYT app, the CNN app or the FOX app, just something that throughout the day can send you notifications on what is going on.