Watching the 6 o'clock news as a kid is one of my most prominent, early memories. The half-hour doom-and-gloom session was a nightly routine that was assuredly a catalyst for my chosen college major--journalism. While I'm a writer at heart, the current events part of it is really what lights me up. It's what ignites the passion, it's what inspired me to work in a newsroom, it's what still prods me to have 4 different news apps on my phone and compulsively check Daily Beast every morning.
In high school, as I groggily prepped for school, I did so with Fox News blaring in the background on my scrappy little 13-inch TV. At night, I listened to Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity blast people with my Pops in the living room. And in college, the same was true... before class, between class, late at night--I was plugged in. Now granted, a substantial reason behind that was my college habit was tied to my brothers being deployed, but that obviously wasn't the whole of it. I love the news. I love current events. I love just knowing, being part of something, staying tuned in.
I recently discovered The Skimm, which is pretty much an idea I had in college... picture it, a neat little summary of the day's news in everyday people terms. Brilliant...aaaand, someone beat me to it. But that is neither here nor there.
As with most websites these days, the Skimm has a daily newsletter--do yourself a favor and subscribe (here's a preview of today's)! It's a fantastic was to stay clued in to what's going on in the world... I dare say I'm obsessed (and FYI, the Daily Beast is an excellent outlet as well... geared toward young people and a great mix of current events, politics, pop culture).