Q: How do I know if current events questions will be asked during my personal or onstage interview?
A: There are some pageants, such as Miss America or Miss USA, where you can be certain that you'll be asked current events questions. But many pageants do not state on their website or in the contestant packet if judges are allowed to ask current events questions. If you're unsure about your pageant, just send the pageant office an email asking if current events, political or controversial questions will be asked. Some pageants allow current events questions, but not political questions. Other pageants might allow political questions, but not controversial questions. Your weekly Current Events Update will give you the information you need to answer current events, political or controversial questions.
Q: I don't know what my opinion is for many of the stories in the news. How can I answer current events questions?
A: The #1 reason that contestants don't have a firm opinion on a topic is because they don't have a complete understanding of the issue including facts and background information. It's much easier to develop an opinion once you fully understand it. Current Events Update will give you all the information you need to think through the issue so you can clearly state and explain your opinion during your personal or onstage interview.
Q: Can't I just keep up with current events by watching the news or subscribing to an email news service?
A: Most contestants think that they can learn everything they need to know by watching broadcast news, surfing the Internet or signing up for an email newsletter. But if you're getting your news from just one or two sources, you're probably not getting the whole story. Current Events Update provides a completely neutral, unbiased summary of the topic so that you won't get tripped up in the interview if you only know part of the story. Plus, you get real practice questions so that you can practice actual answers you'll use during your interview.
Q: How will I receive my Current Events Update?
A: Current Events Update is a weekly update that will be delivered to the email address you use when you signup for your subscription. Each email will include a download link and password so that you have instant access to that week's update. Once you download and print your update, keep a copy of it in your pageant notebook so that you can quickly review relevant topics right before your interview.