Read It: Best Places to Get the News
I hear the same thing from my friends over and over - "I don't really know what's going on in the news." And no, keeping up on pop culture gossip through BuzzFeed lists doesn't count as keeping up with "current events." Everyone has the same complaints - they don't have enough time, or they can't understand politics, or they think the news is boring. Lucky for them, the internet has provided countless easy to understand and fun ways to keep up with what's going on in the world. Here are my favorites:
1. The Skimm
The Skimm, which just celebrated it's second birthday, is essentially my second brain. It's writers simplify things going on in the news, and sends them out every morning in a condensed and witty email newsletter that serves as an "in case you missed it" from what went on in the world the previous day. The writers behind The Skimm know how to keep things interesting, and do a good job balancing heavy politics with the most important pop-culture updates. Although I know a lot of boys who are subscribers, The Skimm is definitely fun for girls - their tone is similar to Betches Love This, but for a more serious crowd. Interested, but not quite ready to commit? Head over to their website, where you can read their daily emails without a subscription.
Gawker is a great balance between extremely timely news and interesting feature-style content. While probably not the right news source for far-right conservatives, I love Gawker because of it's sarcastic tone and it's consistent posts about the absurdity of Fox News. Some of the funniest editorial work I've seen on Gawker included a piece about how Nutella was corrupting the youth of America, and a ranking of the "50 worst states."
For visual learners, there's Newsmap. The site compiles all of the most important news from various sites around the internet and arranges it in a few ways - The size of the story on the screen is larger if it's more important, and the squares get darker in color as the story gets older. You can organize Newsmap by which subjects you're interested in or by which country you're in. Another bonus to using Newsmap is that unlike The Skimm or Gawker, Newsmap provides its readers with a much more diverse body of sources and writers.
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