Inspired by s What I Read series that asks interesting people to describe their “media diets,” this page is a quick summary of the sources of news and commentary I encounter on a regular basis.
I post this since being explicit here about what sources I regularly partake in forces me to be more aware of how diverse (or un-diverse) these sources are. I’m a big fan of hearing multiple perspectives on something, but I often find myself inadvertently falling into a filter bubble of my own design.
I read Google News several times per day. In addition to the national and international headlines, I also have Google News collect local news as well as any education-related news that has been published that day.
I listen to about 12 minutes of NPR on my commutes to and from work each day.
I have a Feedly (in place of Google Reader, may it rest in peace) to collect the the newest work from a wide variety of sources.
There are a number of writers for whom I use Feedly to read everything they post:
- Dan Meyer, who currently has the strongest vision for improved of anyone I have ever read.
- , who writes about entrepreneurship and business and who has recently become more outspoken about education and the education of innovative changemakers.
- Clips from John Stewart’s The Daily Show (usually the day after they air on TV)
- I look forward to Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, since there will be a new xkcd.
- Nick Kristof‘s writing about international development.
I follow dozens of additional feeds and blogs on Feedly, but I don’t read all of the new stuff on all of these everyday.
I “like” the Facebook pages of scores of interesting people and organizations (at last check, I was up to about 300, some of which aren’t very active) and I read many articles posted by them and by other Facebook friends each day. Some notable ones I tend to enjoy the most: Ashoka (and it’s offshoots related to empathy and changemaker education in college and high school), Brain Pickings, I fucking love science, and a WIDE variety of education reform pages (from TFA/Michelle Rhee’s Students First to Sir Ken Robinson to the NEA to a bunch of teachers opposing testing/NCLB/Race to the Top and everything in between).
Pretty frequently (at least weekly):
I watch as many TED talks as I can.
I’m usually participating in several Coursera courses.
Audio Podcasts (while working out and during long car trips):
The Billionaire Who Wasn’t by Conor O’Clery
Leadership Without Easy Answers by Ronald Heifetz
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich