While you prepare for your next pageant, you should be catching up on the current events and watching and reading the news as much as possible. This is especially important in the Miss America Organization, because the judges often ask news-related questions during the interview and onstage question portions of competition. Miss USA also tends to ask news-related questions during the onstage questions. Here are a few things to keep in mind when reading/watching the news.
1. All media have bias
It doesn't matter what the source is or what the story is about; there is always bias. The best way to educate yourself with well-rounded and unbiased information is to read as many sources as possible and gather as many facts as possible. This means consulting multiple reliable sources before you form an opinion (if you are unsure about whether a source is reliable or what kind of bias there may be, you can always ask us, we're news junkies).
Once you have all of your sources of information, you can then create your own opinion of the subject. Be sure to know all angles of the story so you can put together a well thought out answer. You can do this by watching different news stations on television or reading various news outlets online. The important thing is that you are able to form your own opinion and hold your ground so you aren't swayed one way or another.
2. The world is not as bad as the news makes it seem
The news reports upsetting news because that is what sells, but the fact is the world is not as bad as it seems. Although sad things happen every day, many more happy things happen that the news does not report. For example, the news reports more deaths caused by plane accident, car accident and homicide every year, however, the number one killer of Americans is actually heart disease. Journalists report stories that will likely gain viewers and sell papers. Be sure to stay up-to-date with all of the great things going on in your community as well.
Especially if you are competing in a local pageant, make sure to know the good and the bad of what's going on around you. Don't let the news get you down. Sure, there are a lot of bad things going on in the world, but there are a lot of great things! Lives are being changed, women are graduating from college, students are volunteering their time to help others, and girls are building each other up and making a difference. These things may not always make the morning news, but they are important nonetheless!
3. Form your own opinions
Regardless of what your family, friends, teachers or the news says about issues, you should always seek to educate yourself and form your own opinions. While growing up, it is always easiest to take on the opinions of those around you. However, in order to grow and develop, we must form our own thoughts and opinions. This also goes back to point number one. You need to follow a variety of news outlets in order to hear many sides of the story and form your own opinion. Also, keep in mind that your opinion is your opinion. There is hardly a right or wrong answer. When answering any question in a pageant interview, the judges don't necessarily care what you say, but rather how you say it. If you are confident in your answer, then the judges know they can be confident in you as a titleholder.
In addition to local, state and national news, be sure to stay in touch with pageant news as well! If you are unsure where to start, simply follow Pageant Planet on Facebook and Instagram. We share all of the biggest pageant news stories daily to make sure you are in the loop about all things pageantry. Keep these things in mind as you continue reading and watching the news. I hope you keep learning and preparing for your interview as much as you do for the other parts of the competition. Best of luck, ladies!
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