News Digests to Keep Up With News

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With today’s constant whirlwind pace of life, it’s getting more and more difficult to take the time to stay informed with what’s happening in the world around us. We want all of our Concorde students, faculty and associates to always be well-informed, especially where health care information is concerned. There’s a lot going on, and keeping up to date on current events can be a full-time job. With that in mind, we thought we’d offer some helpful suggestions on how to keep updated on health care information and news happening around the rest of the world. The website, Lifehacker, recently offered up, “How Can I Keep Up on News When I Don’t Have a Lot of Time?”

Keeping up with health care information and other news

RSS readers are great for people who have the time to go through them, but they’re not that good for just getting a summary of world news. Thankfully, there are some great options for keeping up with news and health care information without spending a lot of time.

Find a daily summary you like

Most news outlets have an hourly summary they run throughout the day that includes all of the most important news jammed into a quick, 5-10-minute slot. This is a great way to easily catch up on everything you miss. A few bulletin services that always offer up-to-date news summaries include:
  • NPR’s Hourly Newscast
  • BBC’s hourly bulletin
  • ABC’s News Pop
  • Fox’s 5 Minute Newscast
These aren’t the only options, but they do offer simple, always updating news summaries so you can keep yourself up to date on health care information without spending time digging into it.

Use Wikipedia's Current Events portal

While Wikipedia isn’t exactly the world’s most accurate source of health care information or news, it is a surprisingly good way to quickly get a synopsis of what’s going on in the world.

Use a service that sums up the news for you

If you’re looking for just a quick and easy to read summary of the news in digestible little bits, your smartphone can be a great resource. Circa condenses all the important news from a ton of different sources and then summarizes the main points. Popular digest-style apps like Flipboard are also good for this. If an app isn’t your thing, Skim That does the same thing by just sending you a daily email with news summaries.

Curate your social media feeds

Twitter and Facebook are great sources for popular news articles and health care information. They need a little work to make them stable, however. Just add a handful of news outlets to the list, and periodically check in on that list to see what’s going on. Facebook doesn’t have quite the same filtering ability as Twitter, but when you like a news station, you’re usually shown the biggest, best and most important news stories of the day. Information overload is usually bad enough as it is, but it’s possible to keep up on the news without overwhelming yourself.
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