RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, which means very easily, we can have the latest news, from whatever area we work in, delivered to us in headline form on a daily basis. It means we can pick out what we'd like to take notice of and miss out the rest.
Services such as Bloglines (the one that I use) allow you to subscribe to 'news feeds' from online distributors so you can see the content, without having to visit the site - whether that is the MediaGuardian website or the blog of a friend.
So how come there are still many people working in the media who haven't caught onto RSS yet?
It took me a while to get to grips with, but now I have, I find RSS a great resource for both keeping up to date and also for feature ideas from across the world - I subscribe to international news feeds from sites such as MSNBC as well as those from the BBC.
One Journalist I know of, Craig McGinty, is a big fan and writes about using RSS to keep his website visitors updated (Keep up to date with RSS). He gives a tutorial on how to subscribe to his site's feed, so once you've read that, and subscribed to Craig's site, you can do exactly the same for mine! (Ahh, the pure cheek of it).