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Keepin’ up with the news: Tips and sources for staying updated during the summer

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When you think of summer, your first thoughts are probably not of spending your free days flipping through newspapers and browsing the internet for the latest stories. It’s enough to do your summer reading, updating yourself on what’s going on in the world might seem like a lot of extra work. However, staying up-to-date is extremely important as there’s always things impacting your community, and you can learn ways to help out the people around you. Here’s what you can do this summer to make staying informed fun.


  1. Quartz
    1. Quartz is a news app that displays the news as text messages. Whenever you want to at least be aware of what’s going down, you simply open the app to get a short “text” about something happening. The news comes directly from their news website. If you want to learn more, you can reply with emojis. If you want to know something else, you can ask for other news. Fast, easy, and informative.
  2. Follow your favorite news source on social media
    1. This doesn’t mean you have to unfollow your favorite celebrities, but feel free to add more depth to your timeline. Follow your favorite news accounts like @NewsWeek, @WashingtonPost, @CNN, etc.
  3. Watch short news videos
    1. Did you know the average amount of time people watch videos on their phones is 60 seconds per clip? Surely most people wouldn’t watch the news on their devices when they could be delving into the newest Netflix show. Many news outlets provide short recaps on the biggest headlines going around. Look for these on ABC News, Insider Videos, Now This News, CNN, and more.
  4. Bring up the news with family, friends, and teachers
    1. 85 percent of adult Americans read the news in some way, whether it’s online or in the paper. That means you know tons of people who know a little about what’s going on. Don’t be afraid to bring up politics with your peers! Learning about different perspectives can broaden your perspective.
    2. All Sides ( shows readers different perspectives the media has on world news. You’ll find that many news sources have some sort of bias, whether that be liberal or conservative. All Sides organizes news so you can easily catch when an opinion sways content.


Staying informed is not as hard as you may think. With today’s modern media, you won’t even have to lift a finger!

Rebecca Alonso is living large during her senior year as Editor in Chief in the Polaris Press newspaper. Becca is ambitious, determined, resilient, fierce, protective, and would describe herself as the “cool aunt/cat lady” of the journalism family. She enjoys spending time with her friends and snuggling kittens, perfectly representing her warm personality. Out of her many interests, one of her major passions is journalism in media. She is the best person to go to for advice, and you can always trust her to give a helping hand.

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