The news is (insert your favorite descriptor here). Most of the time, you're better off avoiding it altogether. But if you approach the dreaded topic as a source of inspiration for your writing, it takes on a new cast. And I'm challenging you to look at things differently than the obvious.
Everyone finds themselves intrigued by and fanning over SOMETHING. Before you know it, you've purchased every book in a series, watched every movie, and collected every piece of memorabilia you can lay your fingers on. And - if you're a writer - you might have dabbled at playing around in the world. Fan fiction's one of the best ways to job you're writing brain. And you never know when it'll lead you to the next best idea.
The world's reached a point where most of us rely on some form of technology. That's reasonable, but there's an "ancient" writing tool that no writer worth their salt should abandon. And if you don't have at least ONE notebook squirreled away, can you actually call yourself a writer?
"Music tames the wild beast." It also gets the creative process moving when you find yourself trapped in a bind. Something about the delicate rhythm (or lack of rhythm) appeals to the imagination - with or without the influence of lyrics.
It takes bravery to let outsiders handle your writing. However, the feedback you receive is valuable. One of the best resources writers have available is workshops. You get the feedback from a number of people with different backgrounds in one place (some more useful than others, but that's the risk you take).
There's nothing wrong if you're the kind of writer who still shuffles note cards around on your desk or wall, but if you want to move forward a bit, technology has developed an equivalent in the form of Evernote.