Back in the day, if you didn’t subscribe to one or more newspapers, your choices for keeping up with current news was limited. You could read the paper at your local coffee shop, or at the library, but news moved slowly. And if you were lucky enough to have one or more friends with cable, you could wrangle an occasional invitation to watch TV as a guest.
Nowadays, news is only news for a few hours and cable cord-cutting is all the rage among money management gurus and mommy bloggers. With an assortment of gadgets and online subscriptions, you can watch nearly any entertainment program you like, along with broadcasts of many sporting events. However, if you are a straight up news junkie, quitting cable means not having your favorite news team on by the hour. Here’s where your computer, smartphone, and a stable internet connection come in.
Go to the Source
The odds are very good that your local newspaper or local television newscast has a website where at least some of the stories are from the paper edition posted. The newspaper may even have an iPhone or Android app that you can download onto your smartphone. You can also access national and international news from publications such as The New York Times or the Christian Science Monitor through their websites. You may encounter a pay wall that places limits on which articles you can read or how many articles you can read without a subscription, but accessing the site from a different browser often allows you to circumvent this inconvenience.
Google the News
Even if Google isn’t your search engine of choice, you should include Google as part of your online news-reading arsenal. Load the Google News site into your browser for an instant snapshot of the top stories for the hour or the day. You may also find the full text of many stories that newspapers like The Times or the Wall Street Journal place behind pay walls on their own websites.
As Seen on (Live stream) TV
Many local television stations and even some national broadcast and cable news stations allow you to view videos on demand from broadcasts earlier in the day on their websites. You may even be able to view live versions of newscasts from stations such as MHZ Worldview and Bloomberg News through their websites or through apps. International news stations such as Deutsche Welle (Germany) and NHK World (Japan) can also be viewed online as well as through Smartphone apps.
Unearth News Aggregator Outlets
No, not the Huffington Post, which aggregates news stories from various publications on its own website By contrast, websites such as All You Can Read serve as portals for newspaper and television news websites from across the country and around the world. You can read news stories and watch news broadcasts directly from the source.
Scout Out Social Media (Especially Twitter)
Developments of many of the top news stories of the day move fast. Newspapers and even television news outlets sometimes struggle to keep up. One way to remain apprised of up-to-the-minute developments of important news stories is to put your digital ear to the ground of social media. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Google+ and especially Twitter contain real-time updates of important events, some of which are posted by players on the ground. Search for posts related to the hash tags (e.g. #NSA) that interest you.
Dealing with Information Overload
The advantage of keeping up with news through online and smartphone resources is that you can choose between obtaining quick updates of the day’s events and doing a deep dive into a particularly complex story. But with all the potential news sources at your disposal you could become overwhelmed. Incorporating online news reading and viewing into your normal routine allows you to stay informed while maintaining a sense of balance. Of course, when big stories break, you will likely spend more time following updates. Nonetheless, limiting online browsing and video viewing, to specific periods, perhaps once in the morning and once in the evening, is a good general rule to follow.