If knowledge really is power, maybe you should reconsider how you start your day. I have.
I start my day like a lot of people. About 5:30 I roll out of bed, fire up the coffee pot, and head into the home office to check the daily news. I am in the prime demographic for newspapers: a middle-aged (I could live to 102 right?), college-educated, caucasian business owner. But I don’t read a physical newspaper very often any more (never?)and can’t imagine that I’ll start again soon. It’s not that I don’t have the opportunity to read a paper: my wife has a newspaper delivered to our door every morning. Newspaper editors just don’t do a very good job of selecting the news that I find interesting or actionable.
Instead, I have built my own morning “paper” using MyYahoo. MyYahoo is a service offered by that mega-portal where you can select which newsfeeds you want and how you want them presented. I have had great luck with MyYahoo but there are plenty of alternatives. It’s not only tailored, it’s free.
Over a period of several years, I have created a five page summary of the news that I care about. Perhaps showing some latent conservatism my pages mirror many newspaper sections: news; business; sports; entertainment; and internet and new media. What’s different is the selection of news on each of those pages. Rather than a least common denominator selection of stories selected based on supposed geographic interests, I have a finely tuned collection of news feeds based on my personal interests.
Business is a good example. I have invested time in identifying the things that I want to see on that page. As a result, I see more news on the industries and issues that I care about from sources that I trust and I miss a lot of stuff that doesn’t interest me. Plus, I have a whole page about my own industry, internet and new media. There’s no way that a regular paper can get me enough information to do my job.
Even my sports page is better than their sports page. I still get the main sports headlines. I won’t miss the latest scores from the NBA Finals but I will also get a lot more stories on cycling and tennis because those are sports that I care about.
Think about your own information strategy. How do you start each day? How do you get the news that you need to run your business well? Is a physical paper doing the job? If not, try building your own paper online.