With so much happening all around us it has become difficult to stay up to date with the news, especially as a student. From exams to writing papers, and maybe working an after-class job, students today are more preoccupied than ever before. Moreover, today’s news industry is faster than ever, with breaking updates on stories happening nearly every second. It seems that if you stop paying attention for even five minutes, you’ll end up missing something major.
Despite these constraints, it is still useful for students to keep up to date with the news and there are several ways it can be done. One way is to subscribe to email newsletters provided by leading news media outlets that contain brief updates on the top stories of the day. Another is, listening to news podcasts. The New York Times’ podcast The Daily is a great example. Only about 20-minutes long, there’s an episode released every day, and each one covers a specific story, including interviews with experts, reporters, and witnesses. We can also put our cellphones to better use by following social media handles of news media. Regular updates can be obtained while casually surfing social media. In case one is busy to follow any of the aforementioned sources, news apps could do the work. The app aggregates stories from all different outlets and sends notifications when something big happens.
Jonathan Kaufman, the director of the School of Journalism in the College of Arts, Media, and Design at Northeastern University has shared his views on the issue. He believes students should take out time to follow a wide range of news outlets. By following just one or two, they can only hear one side of a story and remain uninformed on the other. He also suggests that students pursuing journalism as a career option should not only possess the ability to question but also develop good listening skills.