We’ve spent a lot of time in the last couple of weeks talking about interview preparation. If you were to boil down the Miss America interview, it is about the What and the Why of Who you are. Today we want to address the Where: Where should you find your information to back up your opinions?

Katherine Hepburn and Joan Blondell in Desk Set

Please remember that the judges do not judge you on your opinions. Rather, they judge you on how well thought out your opinions are, and whether you can back up your opinions with empirical evidence or historical precedence. Knowing why you believe a certain way is often more important than the belief itself.


Which begs the question: Where do you get your news? We suggest that you need to get your news from a variety of biases in order to challenge and solidify your personal point of view. That means reading both the liberal and conservative periodicals so that you know both sides of any current event or common argument.

We are big fans of The Skimm for an overall summary of the daily news you can use. But, if you are ready to plunge even deeper, here are some suggestions:

It’s not enough to binge on Mother Jones: You must also read Townhall (or vice versa). Watch CNN, but also watch Fox News. Knowing both sides of an argument is the only way to truly know where your opinion resides.

Podcasts are a great way to absorb information while on the go.  Listening to a podcast while working out our doing mundane chores is a great way to make the best use of your time. Try listening to a podcast on your daily commute, while getting ready for the day, or even while taking a brief catnap. Once you start, we have a feeling you will love how time flies when listening to your favorite podcasts. There are literally hundreds of news-based podcasts to choose from. Some of our favorites include:

PBS Newshour : Analysis, background reports and updates from the PBS NewsHour putting today’s news in context.

CBS Weekend Roundup : Washington Correspondent Dan Raviv wraps up the news of the week and goes deep into the major stories with CBS News correspondents. It’s the end-of-week news magazine show you can take with you wherever you go.

The Inquiry: British based, but a great concept: They take pressing question from the news, and ask input from four expert witnesses. Getting a worldview of our politics from another country’s point of view can be eye opening.

But don’t just take our word for it. Here is a great article from a former contestant about how the Miss America Interview can be a springboard to future successes.

And speaking of Miss America and podcasts: Here is Pageantry Magazine’s podcast interview of Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields.  Savvy Shields sat down with Pageantry magazine just 17 days after her crowning to discuss her winning night and the goals she hopes to achieve as Miss America during her year of service. Take a listen and be inspired.