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Create News Alerts
News Alerts: Many news aggregators allow you to get notifications - some allow you to get more specific and create them for a specific search or keyword. Below are a few options I have found which allow you to create specialized notifications for a topic. There may be others, too!
Social Media is an obvious place to follow trending issues, but presented below are some options beyond simply clicking on a hashtag.
Places to Search and Create Search Alerts
"Monitor the web for interesting new content"
New York Times Alerts
First create an account (click back to Search for News in the Library for instructions). Then visit this page to set up a custom keyword alert. Try various combinations until you get satisfactory results - example flint, michigan water didn't work but flint water did. You can get daily digests of articles sent to you.
Global Issues in Context
Library database that offers a collection of readings on global issues, conflicts, and news. Do a search on a topic, for example, flint michigan. At the top of the search results, click the "Create an Alert" button
New app from Facebook that allows you to follow an issue.
In addition to commonly used hashtags, you can save any search you perform in Twitter so that they show up as suggested links whenever you do a search. Take some time to think up all commonly and less commonly used hashtags and keywords associated with an event. You can also determine local, national, or global news sources, or key organizations or individuals an follow them in your feed.