At the ripe age of as-long-as-I-could-remember, my dad asked big questions and talked to me about big things. My mom recounts me including war torn countries and national tragedies in my nightly prayers because current events were included in our dinner conversations before I even entered school.
Staying in-the-know has been a backdrop of my life since I was little without me even knowing it. I went to journalism school for my undergrad at Arizona State University with very little understanding of the industry I was getting into, but with a strong passion for learning and communicating. It was a no-brainer, really.
So, how does this at all relate to my new normal of work/kids/writing/family/all the things? Well, I didn't just stop being me when I got married, or had kids, or started working on my own clock. I still crave to keep up with current events.
Here's a quick and dirty list of the ways I keep up with our nation and the world's happenings.
Top Headlines from Apple - Morning Coffee
I know the mighty algorithm game is guiding what headlines pop up in my top Apple News but for the sake of at least being aware of the basics before 9a, I take a peek at the morning's top news in my phone. I took a second when I got my phone a few months ago to pick my top sources. I haven't adjusted it yet, but for now it's working just fine. Just swipe right and you're golden, friends.
Podcasts - In the car or on a walk
If you're a podcast fein like I am, you know that you can curate your own specific station of podcasts based on your interests, topics, and bent. In my case, I've batched together five different daily news podcasts that I try to run through each day. Each time I get in the car with the boys on an adventure, we listen. Or if I'm making dinner and everyone's (actually) playing nicely, I hit play.
PBS NewsHour - After Bedtime
When the kids go to bed and there's still a million loads of laundry left to do, I turn on PBS NewsHour while I fold and sort. We have Apple TV so I can watch the previous day's show or that night's show. Plus, I really like the way the actual show is laid out, covering national, international, and one particular issue in greater depth.
These three tools to stay engaged in current events aren't the only way to get news. Local TV stations have great coverage of hyper local concerns, events, and political happenings and you can typically hear a rundown of national news on any radio station, even if it's primarily music.
However you get your news, just make sure you're deciphering between gossip, clickbait, and real, hard facts.
If you wonder if you're leaning too far in either ideological direction when finding news stories, or if you're unsure the news you are getting is from a credible source, read on. The links below should help clear up any confusion.