Alternate Tactics for News Consumption
These days, I get the vast majority of my news and current event analysis from only a few channels:
- The front pages of news sites that I trust (WSJ, NYT, Bloomberg, and occasionally Techcrunch)
- People I spend a lot of time with (family, friends, co-workers)
I realize that the heterogeneity of these sources can limit my perspective and knowledge of current events.
To add to that limitation of perspective, the timing of when I get my news is relatively scattered and inconsistent. Because all of these channels require me to opt-in to get news and analysis, I can choose to not opt in - and I often do when I am busy with other things. This leads me to miss relatively large local, national, and global events - I’m embarrassed to admit that I did not hear about the shootings at UC Santa Barbara in late May until 3 days after they took place as I did not opt in to these news channels over the weekend that the shootings took place.
About a month ago, I started changing where and when I get my news. I’ve taken three steps to better consume the news:
- Use Pocket as a central repository to store all of the articles that I find, am told about, or come from sources that I enjoy**
- Use IFTT recipes to send articles that are shared by journalists to send more articles to Pocket to expand the range of content that I’m reading
- Make sure to spend an hour a day reading about current events. Usually this is during my commute, but on weekends I try to make sure I have uninterrupted time to read
The early results are that this has gone a long way to making me more informed about things that are going on in the world around me. I’ll let you know how it goes over time.
If you have suggestions on how you consume the news or sources that I should take a look at, I’d love to hear about them in the comments.
** Some of the sources I use to find new content are: