Get a news feed different than your Facebook one


One of the first ongoing projects that my internship had me do daily was to spend an hour finding media content related to what we do at our company. For example, some of my searches would include tags such as sustainability, mobile technology, outdoor industry, online security, E-commerce, and technology trends.

Thus, being someone who is more tech savvy and into digital/social media trends, it is incredibly helpful for me to look at other credible news sources to get a better sense of what my company wants to be informed with. Not only is it helpful for me to stay on top of these topics but it also makes me realize that I like reading news, latest trends and technology updates (that are not related to Facebook or on my Facebook news feed).

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By constantly reading about what I’m passionate about, I’m not only informing myself but I am reading up on the opinions and reviews of others so that I can gain a greater perspective on the topics and issues instead of being narrow-minded about them. This reiterates my previous post about doing what you love.

If you are passionate about anything, immerse yourself in it

And find yourself an interesting and active news feed that can benefit you in the long run.

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About Summer Luu

Currently a Senior at the University of Oregon in the School of Journalism and Communication. Originally from Portland, Oregon. I aspire to be a photojournalist traveling the world. Photography, music festivals, art, longboarding and eating are some of my favorite past times.
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9 Responses to Get a news feed different than your Facebook one

  1. andrewsch90 says:

    Summer, great blog post! I’ve had to do a similar task at my internship. No matter what industry you are in, it’s critical to stay on top of current news and trends. I highly recommend the news aggregator app Feedly. It’s a great tool for sorting through all of your RSS feeds and efficiently scanning through headlines…plus it has a cool interface.

  2. lockerobster says:

    I always feel like I’m indulging myself when I take the time to read through my Google alerts and reports, until I realize it’s a productive thing to do! I agree that having a job is more than showing up for the day and doing your tasks, it’s about becoming a part of the industry and company culture. Luckily, as you point out, we have a lot of great technology to facilitate the immersion. Great Post!

  3. Great post Summer! I feel like we tend to rely on our Facebook/LinkedIn/Twitter feeds for our news but rarely explore other sources. I definitely agree that it is a great idea to immerse yourself in your interests. Becoming knowledgeable about your interests and your industry just increases your value in the company. It sounds like you are really enjoying your internship! Fantastic advice!

  4. pdxsx says:

    Well done, Summer. Well done indeed!

    ~J

  5. It’s crazy to think just how little we look outside of our social networks to get our news. My parents always talk about the “good ol days” where they always had the news on the table and made a routine out of reading it. To get the news they were interested in, they would subscribe to trade- or consumer-specific magazines. The web has done a lot of things, including brought us closer to the things we love. It’s just a matter of filtering through it all now.

    Great post!

  6. Great post Summer. I agree that staying up-to-date on your works industry is crucial. I hate the news, it’s depressing, so I don’t read it, or watch it, or listen to it. Now that I have to do a coverage report every morning on the mobile phone industry I actually enjoy learning about what is going on in the industry. Not to mention, the bosses will probably appreciate me knowing what I’m talking about in the mobile phone news. I should start having news come to my phone and computer though, it’s just so depressing.

  7. megmarieshea says:

    I think its really valuable that we are all able to realize that being immersed in where we are working is beneficial for continuing a relationship with the work we are doing. I think that now I am asked to read and be up-to-date on what’s going on in the world, I am more open and willing to do it. Now, that my focus is not so much about studying for tests or writing papers, I can take the time to learn on my own. It’s always nice to realize what you never knew you would like doing like you found with reading the news.

  8. I have been doing the same thing for my internship. I’ve learned a lot too. It forces you to become engage in the industry. It’s great that you are enjoying it so much — you are getting smarter! Despite how “bottom of the food chain” social media jobs seems to be, they are important. And remember, you are the face of the company (sort of).

    If you like news so much, maybe you should think about becoming a journalist — we are in the journalism school after all.

    -Nick

  9. kttodd says:

    This has been such a cool thing about the internships I think, becoming even more familiar with what’s going on in the industry. It’s definitely helped me recognize things I’m interested that I didn’t know about before and given me ideas for projects or stories. Nice post, Summer!

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