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5 easy ways to stay knowledgeable about politics and world events

Due to many political movements gaining traction in the past year, it has been increasingly important to remain informed about the policies and events that affect our daily lives. 

More than ever before, people are turning to convenient resources to disseminate information and stay up to date on the news. Regardless of your prior knowlege, it is easier than ever to educate yourself about world events and politics. Keep reading for 5 simple resources to help you stay informed.

Subscribe to a daily newsletter

Subscribing to a daily news letter like theSkimm or theCramm is a great way to stay informed about world events. These daily newsletters send summaries to your inbox each morning—and they cover everything from politics, current events, sports and pop culture. Using fun language and relatable sayings, these platforms make reading the news more easily understandable and exciting for all.

Read the newspaper

Calling all fans of old-school journalism! While you might not get the same breaking news coverage that you get online, print journalism provides readers with an in-depth look of the stories it covers, and hey—you can't beat the feeling of rifling through the pages of a newspaper.

Track legislation online 

Politics is the basis of many decisions that affect our everyday lives. Staying informed about the legislation being debated at the local and national levels is a easy way to remain engaged with politics and public policy. Ballotpedia is a helpful resource for tracking candidate voter records and new legislation, so if you're interested in keeping up with decisions made in congress, don't be afraid to give it a look.

Take advantage of social media

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers have started using social media as a way to stay informed about world events. By following influencers, politicians and commentators who are in-the-know, you will have easy access to first-hand accounts of breaking news. Make sure to fact-check posts before reblogging them— even though social media has expedited the news-sharing process, it has also served as a breeding ground for misinformation.

Download news apps

Social media not your thing? No biggie! There are *so* many news apps that you can download to stay up-to-date on what's going on in the world. Make sure to examine the biases of the sources you choose to ensure you aren't existing in an echo chamber, and don't be afraid to stray from your comfort-sources as it is *incredibly* important to read the news from as many angles as possible.

How do you stay informed about world events? Let us know by tagging us on social media @girlslifemag.


by Claire Hutto | 3/6/2021