Staying Informed

Even after topic synopses are released and position papers are written, the international relations landscape is bound to change. It's important to be knowledgable about the newest developments in your topics. 


Google Alerts

A Google Alert is a customized notification service allowing you to set an alert with Google for any topic. When that topic is mentioned on the web, you’ll receive a notification from Google letting you know. Google allows up to 1,000 topics per email address, so you can set alerts for a wide range of subjects.

To use Google Alerts, simply follow the link below and enter the search terms you want to keep track of. Choose the types of news sources you wish to receive, the frequency at which you wish to receive alerts, and the email address you want the alerts to be sent to.

news applications

With the rise of the internet, opinion-oriented and partisan news is more popular than in decades past, leading many media consumers to neglect traditional outlets of objective journalism. While opinion-oriented news sources are usually entertaining, they may slant the stories in ways which are not obviously apparent. Therefore, it’s important to find a few trusted traditional news sources to watch or read regularly.

We suggest following BBC, Al Jazeera, and National Public Radio (NPR).

News Aggregators

News aggregators pull stories about similar subjects from different news sources and group them together in an email list or feed for your consumption. News aggregators are great tools ways to stay abreast of news and current events because they sample from a wide variety of sources and put all of the stories in one place, saving you the hassle.

One of the most popular news aggregators is Flipboard. Most aggregators have a free mobile app and can be used right from your phone, so try a few out and see which ones work for you.