What's new makes your class instantly relevant, even exciting, as news is written from many perspectives and biases (opening the door for class discussion). News is a hook.
Reading belongs in class. Good writing opens the mind and imagination. Delivering news orally is also effective and sharpens listening skills. Students love being read to.
Model what an engaged citizen does to keep up in your discipline. Seize the opprtunity to instill critical thinking , information and media literacy skills. Get off the podium! - have students keep up with the news and bring it to class, infusing their perspective and questions. Let the debate begin.