Following the news for the busy American

In my month since being crowned Miss Quincy and spreading the word about my platform, Empower the People, I have been asked several times about how I stay updated on news, politics, and current events. Admittedly, it's hard for busy people - like myself with college, law school applications, scholarship applications, two jobs, and Miss Quincy - to sort through the surplus of information available online to find the most important day-to-day headlines. When you throw fake news and media bias into the mix, finding reliable news can be a time-consuming, intimidating, and often discouraging task.

I make it my goal to find the most unbiased news sources, or at least to consume the same story from multiple sources so that I am getting all sides of a story. For instance, when I am working out in my school gym, I like to turn on both CNN (liberal bias) and Fox News (conservative bias) side-by-side so that I can juxtapose each one's stories and reach my own conclusions.

In my limited spare time, I squeeze in most of my news via quick outlets like email newsletters and podcasts. In the morning when I am getting ready, I turn on a few podcasts and listen to the news and biggest headlines so that I start the day with a good understanding of what's going on in the world. Usually, when I eat breakfast or lunch, I will read through a few email newsletters to go a little more in-depth on the stories I heard in the podcasts.

Here are some of my recommendations for email newsletters and podcasts that can help get you started on consuming more news and staying up-to-date on politics and current events.



Politico Playbook

with Jake Sherman & Anna Palmer

Time to read: 10-15 minutes

When I was interning in the White House, this was the top-recommended news source from busy staffers. Everyone recommended reading this email daily. It is my personal favorite but is heavy on political issues, events, and topics. The coolest part? There is a daily playbook specific to Illinois too.

The New Paper

Time to read: ~5 minutes

This is a super quick read that covers everything from sports to politics. Their mission is to "overcome sensationalism by spreading factual news" and they do it in as few words as possible.

Morning Brew

Time to read: 10-15 minutes

The Morning Brew gives you news as it relates to business and the economy. This can be great for people working in certain professions as well as the average joe who is interested in economic-related news.

The Turnout

Time to read: 10-15 minutes

From the founders of Morning Brew, The Turnout claims to be "where business and politics meet." From advertising to consulting to the future of healthcare this is a weekly look at how industries shape our politics and vice versa.

The Skimm

Time to read: 5-10 minutes

This was one of the first newsletters I ever subscribed to and it continues to grow as a great daily news source. They help you start your day with clarity on the top headlines and even have news guides to help you sort through complex issues.



All of these can be accessed via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon, Google Podcasts, or however else you listen to podcasts.

Politico Playbook Audio Briefing

with Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer

Length: 3-5 minutes

You guessed it, this podcast is the same information from the Politico Playbook newsletter, just compressed into short blurbs that you can listen to on your drive to work or school. Again, this one is politics-heavy but is very useful for staying up-to-date on the 2020 elections.

NPR News Now

by NPR

Length: 5 minutes

NPR is a great news source for unbiased and fact-checked stories. News Now gets you all of the top news stories in five minutes and then you can go on with the rest of your day informed.

NBC Nightly News

with Lester Holt

Length: 30-60 minutes

This is a longer podcast that goes more in-depth into news stories. While it has a slight left slant on some occasions, I think it remains mostly neutral on the complicated issues that it reports. The nice part is that this one covers all kinds of news, not just politics. If you have a longer commute, this is a great way to start the day.

The Daily

by The New York Times

Length: 30-40 minutes

The Daily offers top headlines as well as focus and break down on a specific issue each day. This podcast brings in a diverse array of guests and top journalists to give multiple perspectives.

Up First

by NPR

Length: 10-15 minutes

The top three news stories every day broken down with reporting and analysis from NPR.

Global News Podcast

by BBC

Length: 20-30 minutes

For worldwide news, BBC is one of the best reporters there is. This podcast keeps you updated on the biggest stories around the world. They narrow in on specific issues and can break down the surplus of information for you.

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