In addition to providing some indication of the breadth and depth of current conversations surrounding your discipline, major, research proposal, and so forth, it is exceedingly important to be well-read on current events and issues, especially as related to the work you are proposing to do and/or the host-country in which you plan to undertake that work.

Of course, keep reading (and listening) to your normal selection of local, national, and international news rags and news-worthy reporting, relevant peer-reviewed journal articles, etc., but also keep up with things as reported by: