3 resources to help you stay current on the news with minimal effort

Michelle Farhang
Michelle is a San Francisco native working in advertising. Her 2017 resolution was to freeze more, so she decided to make the leap over to the east coast. In between her explorations of Manhattan, you can find her reading, Netflix-binging or attempting to teach herself how to play guitar.


1. TheSkimm

TheSkimm founders created their startup when they realized three things while working as news producers at NBC. According to their website, they acknowledged “reading the news is time consuming; wanting to read the news is a hobby; [and] not everyone has the time or interest.” So, they set out to create a way that made it easier for millennials to be smarter about their news.

If you haven’t tried out TheSkimm already, it is an email that arrives in your inbox first thing in the morning to brief you on all of the important and current news topics. It’s written in a fun, relatable way that is easy to understand and feels like you are talking to a friend while also educating you on all things current events. TheSkimm also has created guides to help you through any topic, from difficult-to-understand policies to complicated issues like the opioid crisis.

Try theSkimm here. 


2. Twitter moments

Twitter’s Moments feature is one of the best features to stay up to date out there. The feature compiles conversations around breaking news, entertainment features or the simply silly and unimportant. What’s great about the Moments feature is that the curated tweets showcased aren’t only from celebrities or people with millions of followers, but from the viewpoints of everyday people on all sides of the spectrum. You are also able to curate your feed with your favorite comedians or writers who give commentary on current events to not only keep you up to date, but reframe situations to help think about current events in new ways.


3. News notifications

One of the easiest ways to stay up to date is to turn on your news notifications (push alerts) on your phone. You decide what apps to install on your phone, so you are able to choose from your preferred or most credible news outlets. You then receive simple notifications the same way you would a text message with a headline and brief sub-description that lives within the notification center of your phone. They remain there until deleted so you can go back to them when you have a free moment to read the full stories in depth later on.