In our world today, media and stories are constantly changing and progressing. In the communications industry especially, it is important to be well educated about current news stories. Therefore, it is essential to stay up to date with current events—whether it is celebrity gossip, international news stories, or a new product release. Most importantly, as busy students and professionals on the go, we don’t just want the news, we want it as quickly and easily digestible as possible. I have explored different media applications and sources that do just that, bring news to you in a quick and easy format. I have broken down a few great ones I came across, what they offer, and how they are unique. So read on!
- The Skimm– The Skimm is a daily e-mail newsletter that gives readers a brief synopsis of all current news. With catchy subject lines, sassy and witty references, and news that covers both international issues and pop culture events, you are sure to be covered by reading the Skimm. In addition, each story also has hyperlinks—so if you stumble across a name, place, or reference you haven’t heard before, you can click on the link and it will send you to an external site to cover the issue more thoroughly. To subscribe to The Skimm simply go to www.theskimm.com.
- Skimmin– Skimmin can be accessed via skimmin.com or through their app (not to worry- it’s free!). Every day, there are 8-10 new stories published about anything major that has happened in the news. These stories fit into different categories, such as sports, the United States, world, technology, entertainment, and business. Each topic is color-coded, so if there is something specific you are looking for, just find the corresponding color for easy access. Not sure you can get your Skimmin fill in today? Don’t worry — you can view news from up to one week ago to stay up to date.
- Snapchat Discover– As it turns out, the social media app we all know and love now features Discover, a way for users to explore stories from various editorial teams. Snapchat features stories by CNN, Cosmopolitan, People, ESPN, National Geographic, the Food Network and many more—not to mention new editions are refreshed every 24 hours. Each addition includes videos, photos and other easily consumable media. All you have to do is go to your Stories page and click the circle at the top right corner. So go on, grab your phone and explore!
- BriefMe- BriefMe is a free application available for iPhone users that will be available to Android users soon! It’s the first-ever news ranking system in which the app identifies the top ten most shared and viewed news articles at the moment with amazing graphics. When you find an article in the top 10 that you are interested in, simply tap the headline to read the full article. At the top of the full article, you can also check out the BriefMe score, which takes into account Facebook and Twitter popularity. In addition, the application features a section page including topics such as politics, world, and business. Each of these topics features the top 10 articles within that theme. So try this app today for top news on the go. Between the fun infographics and media-rich content you cannot go wrong.
- Flipboard– Flipboard acts as your personal magazine and is available for free on your smartphone, tablet and desktop. Once you sign up for Flipboard, you are given hundreds of topics that interest you—whether that be politics, world travel, lifestyle, current events, or a combination of them all. Each Flipboard is completely customized to what you want to read based on your chosen interests. Flipboard collects content on your favorite topics from trusted sources around the world, making it easy to find relevant stories in one easy place.
These days, it is so easy to get caught up in whatever you are doing at the moment and forget to stay updated on what’s going on in the world around you. In the communications industry, however, you need to make sure to get your daily dose of news. So make sure to utilize the different sources I have scoped out for you, and I promise your peers and colleagues will be impressed by your immense amount of knowledge on current events. Who knows, they may even turn to you as their source of news from now on!