What’s your favorite way to keep up with current events? Has it changed recently (such as when Facebook changed their “trending stories” to “trending topics”)? Have you adopted a new curated source that seems like a helpful one for you, like theSkimm or The Broadsheet, or have you rediscovered an older source (like the NYT or WSJ)?
Readers had a lively debate the other day while discussing reading news online and paying for media/content in general. Some felt that it’s important to, for example, pay for New York Times online access (which is $4–6/week), while others didn’t see a problem with finding the loopholes that let you keep reading for free (or, say, with using your parents’ HBO GO password). Looking at the bigger picture, The Media Insight Project did a survey in 2014 that led to some interesting conclusions on news consumption among the generations and genders. For example:
- “Adults age 18–29 … are less inclined than those 60 and over to follow news about national government (57 percent vs. 79 percent) or foreign affairs (59 percent vs. 79 percent overall).”
- “[F]or the youngest adults, age 18-29, social media and the web in general have hardly replaced more traditional ways of getting the news. Nearly half … also read news in print during the last week, 3 in 4 watched news on television, and just over half listened to it on the radio.”
- “Women … are more likely to share news and get it through social media, and to follow news about schools and health and lifestyle. Men are more likely to watch cable news and follow different subjects, including sports and foreign affairs.”
Do those numbers seem to ring true for you and your family, friends, and coworkers? And all of this makes us wonder: How do you like to keep up with current events? Do you:
- Get the newspaper and/or news magazines delivered at home, or read them / subscribe to them at work?
- Read articles online via the The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, etc.?
- Subscribe to a news-summary mailing list like theSkimm, or more specialized ones like The Broadsheet?
- Get breaking-news push notifications from apps such as NPR’s or CNN’s?
- Read our (or other sites’) news roundups, or browse sites like Reddit and MetaFilter?
- Watch network or cable TV news? C-SPAN? (Meow!)
- Listen to podcasts on your phone or computer?
- Browse your own curated news feed via Facebook and/or Twitter?
- Simply avoid following the news because it’s full of disturbing things?
Also, tell us: How do you feel about paying for content online? If you keep up with current events by reading news online, do you pay for access, solely read sites that are free, or manage to get around the rules? Do you use ad-blocker software? (And are there others out there as annoyed as Kat and I by the way Facebook recently changed its trending topics — as mentioned above — after they faced criticism?)