5 Media Outlets to Detox Your News Intake

In just one day, you can see hundreds of news articles online and receive countless notifications updating you on the latest political happenings around the country. As the political climate gets darker and more frustrating each day, many people are becoming exhausted from the constant news infiltrating their daily lives.

Add these HC at WVU-approved media outlets to your weekly routine to detox your news intake.


1. Bitch Media

Bitch Media is an online and print magazine publishing articles that highlight the feminist response to pop culture. They publish a magazine, host a podcast and even visit college campuses to engage in vital conversations about the media. Bitch Media is one of the few organizations that recognizes their diverse audience, which they mirror through a diverse set of content creators.

“Bitch seeks to be a fresh, revitalizing voice in contemporary feminism, one that welcomes complex arguments and refuses to ignore the contradictory and often uncomfortable realities of life in an unequivocally gendered world,” according to their website.

Wondering why they used ~that word~ to coin their company?

“When it’s being used as an insult, ‘bitch’ is an epithet hurled at women who speak their minds, who have opinions and don’t shy away from expressing them, and who don’t sit by and smile uncomfortably if they’re bothered or offended,” reads their website. “If being an outspoken woman means being a bitch, we’ll take that as a compliment.”

We love that.

2. Wear Your Voice

Wear Your Voice is run by women and women of color to encourage marginalized groups to use their voice and discuss topics including news, pop culture, health and even parenting.

“When I flipped through the pages of my favorite magazines growing up, I never saw images that I could relate to; I did not feel seen or heard,” said founder Ravneet Vohra. “I realized later in life that media had been the source for many of my insecurities, and I knew if I didn’t see myself represented in the media, other people, especially marginalized people of color, didn’t see themselves represented either. I decided that I wanted to change that, so I took the essence of a glossy lifestyle magazine and put an intersectional feminist spin on it, and out of this was borne Wear Your Voice Magazine, a magazine to redefine the way we as people are represented in the media.”

You can see why they’re one of our favorite organizations.


3. theSkimm

Easily the best newsletter you can sign up for. theSkimm pulls together everything you need to know in one email, sent each morning, which means this is the perfect thing to check out as you drink your morning latte. Arguably, the best thing about them is their witty humor.

“We make it easier to live a smarter life by integrating in the routines of our target audience -- female millennials,” according to their website. “All delivered through the routines that make up your life.”


4. Refinery29

The queen of feminist media and one of our biggest inspirations, Refinery29 publishes multimedia content for young women in all fields through video, graphics, written content and more. They have an audience of 550 million across all platforms. Refinery29 has also partnered with Lane Bryant and Aerie to launch the 67 percent project. 67 percent of women are a size 14 and larger, yet only 2 percent of media represents those women. The three companies partnered together to change this habit.

“We celebrate imperfections, banish taboos and always strive to be real and relatable—walking the walk in all that we do,” according to their website.


5. Bustle

Just like the former outlets, Bustle publishes content on anything related to women. Bustle produces content for women that are focused on making a difference in the world around them. They publish articles on just about every topic imaginable, making them the perfect resource for whatever you’re in the mood for reading.

“Like our readers, our team of writers and editors are from diverse backgrounds with an endless range of interests,” according to their website. “What we all have in common with each other is that we are insatiably curious about the world.”


6. College Fashionista  

College Fashionista is an online community made of college students—from all backgrounds. College students participate through fellowships, which include editorial, photography and social media. They hope to teach students real-world experience. Editorial fellows write content on any topic they find interesting, making it a one-stop resource for content relating to the college lifestyle, but focus primarily on fashion and beauty. Photography fellows take the photographs for the articles and social media fellows help run their social accounts. The company runs a podcast and holds various conferences throughout the year.


“The concept – introduce college-age students to the inner workings of the fashion and beauty industries by giving them exclusive behind-the-scenes access as well as a medium through which they can experience, engage and share their cunning eyes for self-expression,” according to the College Fashionista website.

Apply to join the CF community here.