Living Like a Local: What Do Washingtonians Read?

So, you have just moved to DC and want to stay in the loop of all things Washington, DC…right? Or, maybe you just want a change from your normal morning commute publication or evening what-to-do guide? Well, we have just the information you need to live like a local.

In this edition of “Living like a Local” we explore a handful of news sources, magazines, and guides that keep Washingtonians up to date.

@DCist_Updates is a great way to stay in the loop of recent news in DC according to Kristen Wright, our Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service Coordinator. If you have a Twitter account you should definitely be following them. They usually update with great events and recent happenings—from Metro closings to new restaurant openings, they provide some of the latest DC information.

The Drudge Report is a great portal to multiple news sites that will keep you informed on breaking news and what is going on in the U.S. and around the world. Furthermore, check out their site for direct links to reports and almost every news site you could imagine!

The Economist is a favorite of Stacie Allen, our Institute on Business and Government Affairs and Legal Studies Institute Coordinator, who says that it “keeps her wise to what’s happening in Washington and internationally.”

POLITICO is a must read for political junkies that are interested in who’s in and who’s out, especially as the Presidential Election of 2012 begins to heat up! They have a great survey on their homepage and links to a handful of political blogs. is a favorite of Alexander Jue, Recruitment and Admissions Assistant, who really enjoys checking out political poll data posted on a daily basis by RCP Average, Rasmussen Reports, NBC News/Wall Street Journal, Pew Research, USA Today/Gallup, and more.

Washingtonian Magazine is a great resource for updates and previews of local concerts, festivals and fairs, plays and theatre events, and great things to do over any weekend. The Washingtonian comes out monthly and is a great read for your morning or evening commute. It retails for only $3.95.

Washington Post Going Out Guide can keep your calendar booked for months in advance or be a great resource for you to find something to do at the last minute. Check out the great weekly and monthly calendar feature they have. The guide is broken down into the following categories: restaurants, bars and clubs, movies, events, music, museums, theatre and music, kids, and a visitors guide.

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