How to Handle All That News

So much news, so many sources, so much to read, so where does one start? If you are a news junkie as I am this is the ultimate question of our times (tad exaggeration).
My system for trying to keep up is not complicated, but it works for me and something similar might work for you. First I have 3 “old media” sources that I subscribe to so I read those as you would have in 1950 at the kitchen table. Those would be The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. These three are also the only news apps that I allow to send me notifications on my phone, breaking news only of course!

The next bit is how I take in the rest. It pretty much works like this. I see a link in a number of places and save it to Pocket. There are a few services that allow you to save items to read later, but Pocket works everywhere and has the best tools. Then a few times a day I go into Pocket on my phone or PC and read away.

I have two primary ways to find stuff I want to send to Pocket. That would be my RSS app (RSS explainer) and Twitter. Since the death of Google Reader I have used Feedly as my RSS service. I do however use third party apps to use Feedly though they provide more than adequate first party apps. On the MAC and iOS I use Reeder, and on Windows I like Nextgen Reader. Both apps do a great job of syncing with the Feedly service and most importantly make it easy to save to Pocket. For Android I still have not found anything better than Feedly for Android.

Those that know me understand I like and use Twitter a lot. While the social stuff is fun, I have found it be a useful place to see what news is breaking in the now. With the right Twitter app you can save anything that looks interesting with one quick click. On the Mac and iOS I use Tweetbot, on Android I like Talon, and on Windows I like Tweetium.

While a setup like this can take time to curate it is quick and easy to use. During the day or when I am busy I just quickly scan my Twitter and RSS feeds. If I see a headline or lede that draws my attention, I just click save to Pocket. Then when I have a few minutes I open Pocket and read!

Like anything the news is only as good as the sources you choose to follow and read. Don’t just read the sites and authors who you know you will agree with. Push your boundaries, remember there is a world outside of the borders you live within, and become an informed citizen.


Apps and services mentioned above:

Little Thing About Free Speech

Spurned by Major Companies, The Daily Stormer Returns to the Web With Help From a Startup – ProPublica

Nick Lim, the 20-year-old founder of the company BitMitigate, said he offered his services to Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin because he believes in free speech, but also to get the word out about his company, which protects websites from so-called denial of services attacks that overwhelm internet servers. 


He has every right to choose his customers, but this has nothing to do with free speech. Neither he nor his company are the government the last time I checked.

Speaking of that, I see many journalists get very preachy online saying similar things about free speech in regards to Twitter and Facebook. To them I say “get a clue”!

The Fourth Estate is Burning

Excerpt from Journalism in the Digital Age

The fact of the matter is that democracy requires informed citizens. No governing body can be expected to operate well without knowledge of the issues on which it is to rule, and rule by the people entails that the people should be informed. In a representative democracy, the role of the press is twofold: it both informs citizens and sets up a feedback loop between the government and voters. The press makes the actions of the government known to the public, and voters who disapprove of current trends in policy can take corrective action in the next election. Without the press, the feedback loop is broken and the government is no longer accountable to the people. The press is therefore of the utmost importance in a representative democracy.

With that in mind watch these 10 seconds and listen to the words of NBC’s Political Director Chuck Todd

 

Now here are two Tweets from last night after Kentucky elected a new governor. Chuck Todd and his ilk are so enamored with the horse race, they don’t actually cover the horses. Just take a look at last night’s exit polling in Kentucky, and you tell me if that is an informed electorate? I love politics, and I think political debate is a fundamental piece of our country. Not everyone should agree with me, and I should not agree with everyone. We need multiple parties with multiple ideas on taxes, health care, etc. Those ideas and debates can only work if they start based in fact. If we can’t agree the earth is round and have a media that corrects those that say the earth is flat, there is nothing to talk about.

The anti-Obama playbook worked in #kygov. Now the RGA heads to #LAGOV to see if same message can rescue Vitter in another red state

— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) November 4, 2015

 

States are laboratories of democracy; nat’l GOP leaders will be watching closely to see how or if Bevin can repeal/replace health care in KY

— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) November 4, 2015