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Students, faculty offered free global news briefings

Students, faculty offered free global news briefings


The world is a big, confusing place filled with news sources that are biased, inaccurate, without context or densely written and difficult to digest. For many of us it is difficult to gain a basic understanding of world events.

That’s why SUNY Cortland has partnered with DailyChatter, an independent, non-profit, non-partisan news organization that offers to provide “The world in two minutes.” DailyChatter produces a daily summary of important international news stories and makes it available to members of campus communities free of charge.

The service is available at 36 universities, including Harvard, Yale, Brown, Columbia, Hamilton and Northeastern. Cortland is the first institution in the 64-campus SUNY system to be offered the opportunity.

Interested students, faculty and staff are urged to go to the group’s SUNY Cortland landing page and sign up. The day after subscribing, participants will begin receiving short news briefings will be delivered to subscribers’ email inboxes each morning at 6 a.m.

Each briefing includes five quick-but-comprehensive stories on global events and issues that are often overlooked or under-reported by mainstream news outlets. A recent issue highlighted the plight of refugees stranded in the Mediterranean Sea due to Italian policies, violent protests in Hong Kong, Israeli drone crashes in Lebanon, huge fires in the Amazon rainforest and an archaeological discovery in France. Each story includes links so readers can find additional information on topics that pique their interest.

The reports are researched and written by a team of veteran news reporters led by DailyChatter founder Philip Balboni, an award-winning journalist with 50 years of experience in print, broadcast and digital news. He founded the online international news site GlobalPost and NECN, the largest regional cable news network in the United States.

DailyChatter accepts no advertising. It is supported by paid subscriptions to individuals and partnerships with large news organizations, as well as support from public-interest foundations. This allows it to offer its daily briefing to colleges and universities for free.