3 Ways You Can Be Informed In Politics

Hello, my name is Lucy Conrad and I've been interested in government and politics for as long as I can remember. When I lived at home as a child, my dad always read newspapers and watched news shows on television because he wanted to keep up with everything that had to do with the government. As I got older, I also became interested and my dad and I would frequently have in depth conversations about these topics. Now that I live on my own, I still keep up with politics, the government and issues that have an impact on citizens. In my blog, you'll learn about current topics of interest and you'll also find out interesting information about historical moments that have occurred in government and politics.

3 Ways You Can Be Informed In Politics

19 July 2017
 Categories: Government & Politics, Blog

If you've been having a difficult time trying to figure out which news outlet is the most trustworthy, you are not alone. One problem that many people have with news stories today is that many in the media tend to put their own spin on things and then present the information more as opinion pieces rather than as statements of facts. And while listening to other people's various opinions on issues can give you more insight, how can you know if you've been presented with all of the facts or not and are, therefore, truly informed?

If you would like to stay informed in all things politics, you'll need to take your information straight from the politicians. That way, you can form your own opinions based solely on facts instead of on someone else's opinion. Here's how:

Tune In

As you know with today's advancements in technology, you can tune into congressional hearings and other events right from the comfort of your home on the television or while out and about on your mobile device. One very popular channel for this is C-Span, but you can also find live and recorded videos on YouTube. Instead of listening to a reporter telling you how a particular hearing went, listen to the hearing yourself so you can hear firsthand what the speakers said and, therefore, form your own opinion on what was said.

Attend Meetings

Another way to get the information you want and need is to attend meetings, particularly in the local, county, and state levels. Since your tax payer dollars fund the education system, including state public institutions of higher learning, it's also a good idea to sit in on board meetings and board of trustee meetings whenever possible. By actually attending the meetings, you'll be present for the open comment portion of the meeting where the public is welcomed and encouraged to participate in the discussion and ask the board members pertinent questions.

Read Minutes

Another way to get information straight from the sources is to read minutes that were taken during various meetings, such as school board meetings. The minutes list the various topics that were covered during the meeting as well as comments from each board member or elected official as they were made. Minutes are generally time-stamped and include the names of each elected official in attendance as well as the names of various private citizens who had added to the discussion.

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