How To Become A Well-Informed Citizen

In order to be a good citizen of the United States or any other country in the world, you need to be up to date and informed on everything that is happening around you. You need to know how to find and learn about the news and politics happening around you so that you can make informed decisions and follow what is right.

Being informed will help you make wise decisions with your money and will teach you how to engage in the world around you and fight for social justice. The downside of this is that there are so many places to find the news and having so many resources at the tip of our fingers is that it can be nearly impossible to sort through what is right and what is fake news or news presented to us in an unbiased manner. Before believing anything you read, you should always fact-check the news stories that you read and dig to get to the whole truth about everything happening around you. Below are a few ways that will teach you how to stay informed about current events and stay up to date on the world we live in.

1.) Watch and listen to your local and international news stations

The internet is a great thing to have at the tip of our fingers and gives us all the resources and information we could ever imagine. However, with the internet, we also get news that is more biased and opinionated than ever. One way to sift through this is to go with traditional news outlets that have been around and trusted for many years. Outlets like the BBC, NPR, the New York Times, etc. are all places that have information written in a non-opinionated, facts-only basis.

2.) Podcasts are your friend

If you only have a few minutes a day, maybe during your morning or afternoon commute, find a trusted podcast station and listen to the news segments that typically last for about 15-30 minutes at a time. This will give you highlights of everything you need to know in a short amount of time, like major news, any disasters happening in the world, traffic, weather, even off-the-beaten-track news like the best marijuana stocks. Podcasts like the BBC Business Daily, The New Yorker, and the Five Live Hit List are examples of some great, trusted podcasts to subscribe and listen to.

3.) Google Alerts is something you should pay attention too

If there is a specific topic that concerns you or that you wish to learn more about, you can subscribe to Google and get alerts when that topic appears on the web or if something happens. When a topic that you are subscribed to appears on the web, it will send an alert to your e-mail address so you can open it and be immediately informed. All you have to do to get these alerts is go to google.com/alerts/ and click on the topics you are interested in and what news sources you want to get your information from, then let Google do the rest for you.

4.) Find a news source that you like and that has what you need

Though you should not get all of your information from news sources that have strong opinions or are partisan to one side, you should find one or two media outlets that are like this and can be part of your reading list to gather information. It allows us to learn about how to distinguish between what is real and what is false. These opinionated news sources also show us how to stay completely objective when we read the news and how to go to different sources in order to gain the facts and not just opinions. Again, it is important to have one or two opinionated news sources that you trust to get news from, but those sources shouldn’t be the only tool in your tool belt.

5.) Take advantage of political apps

There are hundreds of political websites and apps at the tip of our fingers nowadays such as RealClearPolitics, Drudge Report, and Daily Wire that talk about what is currently happening in politics. They give us details on what political parties are doing and what certain laws mean in order to inform us about what is happening in our government.

Getting true news can be difficult. Knowing where to start and what sources give you facts is a good place to start on your journey towards becoming a well-informed citizen.

Published by Kidal Delonix (1026 Posts)

Kidal Delonix is a contributor to Mr. Hoffman's blog. The views and opinions are entirely his/her own and may not reflect Mr Hoffman's views.

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