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How To Make Sure Your News Isn’t Just From Your Newsfeed

Where are you getting your news? Are you reading both sides of the story? It's your duty to stay in the know.

This is an important year in America. It is an election year and that means a lot more information will be flooding your newsfeed.

The problem is what should you be paying attention to? How do you know the information you are getting is completely true?

I have friends on both sides of the political spectrum and I always click on what they post about politics and the election just to see what is being said. And every time I realize both sides cater to their political ideals and completely railroad the other side.

This is why I always question where I am getting my news. Because I know not everyone is going to share both sides the are going share their viewpoints because there is no way they couldn’t be right.

If you really want to be smart about the news you are reading then you need to do your research or at the very least find reliable sources. These sources should not only provide smart journalism, but also make you see both sides to make an informed decision. I say informed decision because this election year is a big deal with a lot at stake. I feel like nowadays people judge the candidates based on their social media presence rather than qualifications of what make a good candidate.

We are the future and we need to make sure we are putting the right people in office. Our forefathers created this government so that political leaders didn’t serve themselves and their power, but rather serve the people of our nation. I don’t know about you, but I think we need to get back to basics and honor what was set in place for us over 200 years ago.

Here are three tips to getting all the information you need to stay well informed for this election year and beyond:

1. Do Your Research

I know this sounds tedious, but it is necessary. Our parents and grandparents came from a generation who read a paper cover to cover and watched the news.

I mean there are many of us who do not know who our current Vice President or Secretary of State is–yikes. This makes us seem lazy. So many put in little to no effort to find out the truth, when it as easy as watching/reading a left leaning news outlet and a right leaning news outlet to compare the narrative on a story.

2. Have Multiple News Apps on Your Devices

In this day in age there is no reason not to have multiple news apps on your devices. Especially since most, if not all, major news outlets have their own app.

Here are some of the top news apps you can download to always stay informed:

  • CNN
  • Google News & Weather
  • Fox News
  • BBC News
  • NPR News
  • WSJ
  • Buzzfeed News
  • NYTimes

However, if you do not feel like having that many apps just for news, download Flipboard. Flipboard is one of my favorite sources for news because it pulls stories from these apps and other news sources so you only have to look in one place. When you first it up you say where you want to get your news from and the topics you want to hear about. You are able to get your local, political, entertainment, sports, and weather news all from one place.

I believe Apple has a similar app that now comes standard on their devices as well, and I promise Flipboard will open up a whole new world for you.

3. When in Doubt, Skimm it!

If you don’t have time to do all the research about the news and what is going on in the world then you need to subscribe to theSkimm. This website was started by two millennials who use to work as news producers for NBC News. They started theSkimm because of their passion for the news and their friends were always seeking the latest scoop on current events and breaking news. This made them realize three things: (1) reading the news can be time consuming, (2) actually wanting to read the news is like a hobby, and (3) not everyone cares or has the time to read the news.

They make getting the news as simple as sending the talking points of that days news cycle directly to your inbox. The best part, they keep the information short and sweet and use a fun and entertaining narrative to keep you interested. All you need to do is go to their website and subscribe to receive a daily email (which you only receive Monday through Friday). If your read this daily email then you will definitely feel like the smartest person in the room.

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Let’s prove the baby boomers wrong and stay in the know because we are the now generation.

Where do you get your news?


About the Author

Lauren Alexander

Lauren graduated from Hofstra University with a bachelor's degree in communications and a minor in psychology. She enjoys spinning, crafting, and Saints football. She is currently getting her teaching credential with hope to inspire future generations.

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