Be ‘in the know’ – reading required
The start of the spring semester here at the Newhouse School brings with it requirements in many courses across several programs to keep up with current events.
It seems like a simple act to read the news of the day.
But how difficult that can be to accomplish.
Current events quizzes are an incentive. More so are unannounced current events quizzes.
I am certain that just the words “current events” cause consternation in some circles.
Being “in the know,” however, is not optional. Student journalists and communicators know this, and the smart ones find ways to fit this habit into their daily routine. How?
- Follow key news websites on Twitter. Use them as a tip sheet.
- Sign up for RSS feeds of a variety of news outlets
- Vary your reading — news, sports, entertainment, politics, business
- Scan headlines first, then read deeper when you have time
- Use portable devices to receive breaking news and updates
- Subscribe to your community newspaper
Superficial attention to the news isn’t enough. Picture yourself at a job interview in the presence of other candidates for the same position. Wouldn’t you want to know as much as they do about what’s going on close to home and around the world? Wouldn’t you want to know more?
Take the time. Develop a routine that works for you. Don’t let the news of the day get away.