How to Stay Up To Date on Current Events
Stay Up To Date
Given the internet at your fingertips, it is very easy to keep in touch with what is going on around your town, state, country, and the world. Here are five quick and easy ways to stay in the know about current events.
1. Sign up for e-mail alerts. Go to popular news sites like CNN.com, who send e-mail or text message alerts every time there is a breaking news story. The e-mails are free and arrive quickly after the story has broken. If you don't want the stories cluttering your inbox, try setting up a filter, and send the stories to their own little folder until you are ready to read them.
2. Sign up for RSS feeds. Most major news networks offer theses feeds now, and after a few clicks, news from around the world will be available in the "feeds" portion of your browser. The headlines are usually sent along with a link to the full story, so that you may be the judge of the stories that you would like to read in their entirety.
3. Go to your e-mail provider! The most popular sites like Yahoo! and Google offer their own news alerts, and often offer stories from a variety of sources like AP and Reuters. Some also provide ways to customize what stories you see, so the first headlines they show you are the ones that you're interested in.
4. Read local newspapers online. It's free, but still has all the benefits of mulling over the morning paper with that 2nd cup of coffee. You'll get more with the online version too, since content is constantly being updated to keep it as up to date as possible (as opposed to print versions, which can only cover the stories that break in time before the deadlines).
5. Remember that TV? How bout the radio? They're still good sources for news, too! Maybe you don't have time to sit and watch, but turn them on while you're getting ready in the morning, or maybe while you're cleaning up after dinner at night, or in the car on the way to work. Most networks and radio stations have a segment which aims to get you all the headlines in a very short period of time, so they're great for those little "in between" moments when you aren't rushing around.
Don't shy away from sharing with your friends, either! Many times news is shared via friends spreading a story or a link they found interesting.