It’s impossible not to be overwhelmed by national and global news in the last few years. The 24-hour news cycle and the internet have made many of us obsessive news consumers. Whether you want to improve how you follow the news or get into journalism yourself, these products belong on the front page. (“Front page” is an old newspaper term. Once upon a time, there were these things called “newspapers”…)
On That Note | Bedsure Leather Journal Notebook
Before satellites, smartphones, and thumb-sized cameras made it very easy to gather news, reporters whipped out these things called “pens” and jotted down information in a “notebook.” These objects were very convenient because they didn’t need charging, although the pens sometimes ran out of ink. They can still be very useful today, especially when there aren’t any USB inputs around your person. This very attractive, rugged notebook can fit in your pocket, so it’s easy to carry around in case you’re getting coffee and a treaty-signing breaks out.
Global Access | SiriusXM SXPL1H1 Onyx Plus Satellite Radio with Home Kit
SiriusXM is the leading satellite radio service in the known universe, offering major news channels and simulcasts on their lineup. Now it’s even easier to listen to SiriusXM from anywhere, whether you’re at home, in your car, by the swimming pool, or otherwise indisposed. The Onyx kit goes through your home stereo system or portable speakers for crystal-clear sound. It comes with 10 preset buttons and a nifty display screen, plus a free 3-month trial of SiriusXM.
News in a Hat | Bluetooth Beanie
Podcasts are how many people get a deeper dive into current events these days. While it’s easy to hear your favorite podcast with earbuds, wouldn’t it be even less of an effort to just slip your own podcast network over your head? The future is now with this Bluetooth-enabled beanie. After a one-hour charge, this snug cap plays about five hours of news through two Velcro-attached speakers nestled inside. It’s got a simplified control panel and full sound isolation, so passersby can’t hear you listening to pundits tearing into each other.
Pocket Power | Digital Voice Recorder and Pen
Have you ever struggled to keep up with writing down the rambling thoughts of a public official at a news conference? Sure, we all have. But that will never be an issue again with this combination of digital voice recorder and pen. Just click down on the top to record and click back up to save. It can store up to 16Gb of sound, or around 200 hours of audio recording. And the pen writes everything from beautiful scrawling script to unreadable scrabbling.
Shoot Like the Pros | Ulanzi U Rig Pro Smartphone Video Rig
News can happen anywhere. When it does, you can trust an army of smartphones to snap into action. This unique device takes your smartphone beyond mere video capture and practically turns it into a full-fledged production studio. It holds your phone in place so you can use it as a more manageable handle or mount it on a tripod. It can hold professional-grade microphones and lighting units on top. It also makes your smartphone look a little more intimidating, which is important in the dog-eat-dog world of citizen journalism.
The Light Gets Dimmer | Blue Light Blocking Glasses
News junkies stare for very long periods at news websites. At least they say they’re news websites. But whatever they’re staring at, they’re absorbing a lot of blue light, which can mess up their eyesight and throw their sleep cycles out of whack. These glasses help by blocking up to 90% of blue ray light and nearly 100% of UV rays. Designed for people who stare at computer screens between 4 and 8 hours a day—which is, lately, all of us—these glasses may be the next necessary thing.
Know It All | The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge
You can’t beat knowledge. It’s impossible to list the many situations in which knowledge is beneficial. With all the information news junkies consume, every once in a while, they’ll come across an item they don’t get. That’s when this volume by editors from The New York Times comes in handy. It contains a lot of basic facts and backgrounds on virtually every subject in the world. It will get you up to speed on the underlying facts of everything from business and global politics to the environment, sports, and why we still have the Tony Awards.
Hang with Your Buds | Samsung Electronics Galaxy Buds
These earbuds for podcasts, music, or any other sound-related event are so fashionable, you couldn’t be blamed for just staring at them. They reduce background noise to the point where it’s merely a fantasy. But you can also tap them to let certain environmental sounds in while you’re still listening to live reports. They also connect with Samsung’s Bixby assistant so you can do basic chores like ordering food or looking up whatever “macroeconomics” means.
Stop the Spread | The Curious Person’s Guide to Fighting Fake News
One hazard of being a news junkie is dealing with the onslaught of “fake news.” It’s easy to become addicted to it and can be hard to detect. And it can have disastrous effects on society at large. Journalist David G. McAfee has put together this thoughtful guide to identifying, debunking, and battling against the scourge of fake news. He discusses its origins, its nefarious intent, and how to protect yourself and loved ones from its effects. It’s one of the most valuable books to come along since Elvis Presley was elected President of the Moon.
Good Night and Good Luck | Upgraded Sleep Headphones Bluetooth Eye Mask
Finally, at the end of the day, even news junkies have to sleep. The news of the world has been so angering, depressing, or annoying that they just have to shut it down. With all the bits of information coursing through their heads, that may be difficult to achieve. But it’s a tad easier with this Bluetooth-enabled eye mask. It helps you relax as you cover your eyes and listen to soothing music or sounds. You’ll drift off into a relatively peaceful slumber until the next news cycle.