With the midterm and local elections just past, I thought I would share some tips on how to stay involved in what is going on in the U.S. We’ve been surrounded by people telling us to vote left and right; even Spotify told me to vote… Whether you are supper involved or if you don’t even know what we are voting for, these tools can help you stay up to date with what is going on in the world. Especially so you can look like you know what you are talking about when somebody brings up an election…
I’ve used these sources to keep me up to date with current events, politics, and even some celebrity drama at times. If you feel like you are out of touch with the world and want an easy way to stay up to date, here are some things for you.
theSkimm: The Skimm is an online new source created and run by women with the goal of keeping us current. They send out an email every morning containing the most important information to know. You could read it every morning as you slowly wake up, or just read it when you feel like you need an update.
Here’s how to sign up: https://www.theskimm.com/
BetchesSup: The BetchesSup is a very similar sources, created by women, run by women. They send out an email every other day with the same type of information. This email list includes witty sections like “Political Hangover,” “The Election Section,” “Cash Monayy” (market updates) and finally “LMAO.” As always there are links to each story in case you want to find out more on the particular topic. This is target to a younger audience than theSkimm, so I find it useful to have both sources because at times they will focus on different topics.
Sign up here: https://betches.com/the-sup/
The Morning Brew: Now this is similar to the Skimm and the BetchesSup. It is a daily email subscription that gives you the most important stories to start the day. The Brew focuses on International and financial news. If you are trying to impress your econ teacher with some #facts, I recommend the morning brew.
You know what to do: https://www.morningbrew.com/
Apps: Now this is a little less specific. I recommend getting a few news apps and turning on the notifications. Every time I look down at my phone there is a notification from one or more news sources. Most times I skim over them and get the general gist of what is going on. It is worthwhile to have a few with different points of view. Such as the Huffington Post, CNN, New York Times. If anything, people will be impressed if they look at your phone and you have news popping up.
Podcasts: Lastly I’ll recommend a couple podcasts. These are mostly targeted towards millennials and how to get news fast in the morning:
“The Morning Toast:” This is created by two sisters whose goal is give you the “Fast five stories to know before taking a bite out of your morning toast.” Can range from international news to Hilary Duff’s new baby. If you are looking for some news and comedy in the morning, this is the podcast for you.
“No Filter with Ana Kasparian:” This podcast is made by a millennial with the goal to inform other millennials with political and social updates. This is a weekly podcast with each focused on a current piece of news. If you are looking for an in depth description of one topic, this does the job.
I hope one or a few of these stand out to you as a useful source and you check it out. These are just the ways I try to stay involved whether I used them religiously or not. The combo of many does the trick and is very entertaining while you are at it.