There is a lot going on in this world, and to even begin to understand it all most people try to read the newspaper and watch the nightly news. But many women juggle multiple roles that make it hard to find time to do these things, along with everything else on our to-do lists between sunrise and sunset each day.
However, it is important to stay engaged in the world around us so we can be informed voters, professionals, mothers, friends, neighbors, and citizens, in general. Here are the five best tools that make staying up-to-date manageable and interesting, even while you’re on-the-go:
1. NPR News App – This app is great because you can listen to the news while you’re taking your morning shower, eating breakfast, or riding to work! You can listen to individual stories from National Public Radio (NPR)’s ‘Morning Edition’ news, or compile a playlist of the stories you want to hear, and they’ll play through nonstop. This is a wonderful tool because it is like having a friend explain the news to you—somehow listening to the news makes it seem easier to understand than having to read and try to interpret it yourself.
2. TheSkimm – This is a daily email newsletter that is delivered straight to your inbox, filled with the biggest headlines of the day; from business, to politics, and even famous birthdays, this is the best source to get your daily rundown on what’s happening and where. The best part is you can read it on your phone, and not have to spend time trying to read different sections of a newspaper to know the latest occurrences in such a wide variety of topics.
3. POLITICO Playbook – Politics is complicated—surprise! What better way to try and understand it than by reading a list of the most important happenings, compiled by the Chief White House Correspondent for a popular political publication? This daily email newsletter contains important information—handpicked by a political expert—about the President’s weekly schedule, the latest headlines, polls and campaign standings, and key excerpts from popular news articles of the day.
4. BBC News App – This app lets you listen to live, world news radio at any point in the day (that means you can learn new things by letting it play at work once in a while instead of your favorite Pandora station)! Plus, BBC usually does a fair job of remaining unbiased and providing only the facts of a situation, which is helpful because it allows you to learn, while leaving room for you to form your own opinion.
5. Newspaper Apps – Nearly every newspaper or online publication, from The New York Times to The Huffington Post, offers a free app that provides breaking news alerts as notifications on your phone. If you’re looking for a small way to start getting and staying current on the news, getting text-message-length breaking news updates is the way to go!
Now you’re only one download away from staying engaged in the world around you and being able to share your knowledge with others!