I generally avoid reading the news because it is super depressing, and I don't want to start my day reading about stabbings, shootings, other miscellaneous crimes, and war. I know that the world is a crazy place, and that is enough for me.
But not reading the news at all leaves me staring blankly at my coworkers when they discuss current events, so I had to do something. I subscribed to The Skimm. I don't even remember how I found The Skimm, but they send you an email every week day with a brief overview of current events. I like getting my news like this. Now I know some of what's going on, and if I want to read more I can click on the links they provide, but if I decide that a subject isn't something I care about I just jump to the next headline. And my favorite part... no gross or disturbing videos and no sound clips of 911 calls to give me nightmares for the week!