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A term for an individual who is always aware and knowledgeable of news (international, political, trades, etc.)

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  • If you are talking about local gossip, you could say they have their ear to the ground.
    – WS2
    Apr 26 '17 at 17:57
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A term that comes from French but which is used in English is au courant.

knowing about the newest information, trends, etc.

stylish or current

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/au%20courant

Origin and Etymology of au courant: French, literally, in the current

If you're trying to get your point across as clearly and directly as possible, I would probably just say "informed."

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A current term is "news junkie". I couldn't find it in a dictionary (at least, not one that wasn't urban...), but this Ngram shows how popular it has become lately.

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