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Tips for Busy People and Families Who Want Relevant World and National News

The truth is busy people don’t have time to filter through commentary, advertising, gossip, non-news, and bias to get the few headlines that matter. The evening TV news is a poor option for many families because the content is too unpredictable for kids (and we’re too tired to stay up for the late night broadcast).

I had a vague awareness it would be harder to keep up with current events when I became a mother. My best friend (a stay-at-home-mom of three) often jokes about how oblivious she feels about the state of the nation and world. She knows it’s important to be an informed citizen but is just too darned busy. I started to empathize when my son became a toddler and started to climb through, jump on, stick fingers in, or swallow everything in sight.

I hope one of these tools helps you can the news you want with time left to focus on your real priorities. I am a spreadsheet geek so for those of you who want comparisons of specific sites I’ve started one on my website (see the reference block). I will continue to update it regularly as I find new sources. Any of these solutions should keep you informed almost as well as before your time and brain were monopolized by your children, hobby, or job.

Independent News Sites

I admit, there’s no such thing as zero bias. The best you can hope for in a news site is one you can tailor or that already matches your interests. Look for front pages that have detailed headlines rather than long articles, are easy to read, and display well on your mobile device(s). The goal is to find something you can check at a glance and get the major headlines in about a minute. A good place to start is the Associated Press (AP) site as this not-for-profit is one of the most trusted sources of independent news worldwide.

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