I try to catch some headlines on television as I get ready in the morning, and I see headlines first thing when I get on the Internet. If I want to read more about something, I will look at a few different online links to get a few perspectives.
I don’t have access to tv and newspapers are all in a language I don’t speak yet, so that pretty much leaves me with the internet. I have a couple of world news feeds, some local, sports, weather and green news.
I try to diversify my sources.
CNN.com is always good
Los Angeles Times (Nothing beats a tangible piece of paper in your hands, you know?)
and for TV I usually watch MSNBC
Having only one news source can cause some biased information to be taken as fact. It is always good to hear from multiple sources.
I almost always rely on the internet as my news source. It is much easier to get on the internet and catch up on headline news from cnn.com, yahoo.com, etc. And if you want to search for something specific, google is as good as you can get. Also, digg.com is a good resource to check out interesting stories, articles, or news from around the internet.
The Internet is my prime source of news, but I also get it from other sources. I’m often in a place where I can catch a TV news broadcast in the evening, though I shy away from the 24-hour news channels because there is so much repetition and pushing of stories with absolutely no value (“Balloon Boy” being an example of the type of thing I mean). I will often check foreign news sites like BBC because I’m somewhat distrustful of US-based news sources, which these days (in my personal opinion) little more than media organs that disseminate pre-planned press releases and sound bites engineered by politicians or marketing firms. If there’s a story I’m interested in I’ll often try to get it from two or three different angles in order to make sure what’s being reported has some relation to what’s really happened. Sometimes that’s difficult, because news sources often crib off each other, especially if the basic source of their news is a wire report.
I usually check the news online. Google News and MSN.com are usually where I go to. I also sometimes read The Economist, but I don’t have a subscription so that’s less often.
Newyorktimes.com sends a daily post of headlining stories for free that is quite informative. NPR also does a fantastic job, and in my opinion, is fair and balanced in its news reporting. They also have an excellent website at NPR.org
I try an unbiased website, like bbcnews.co.uk (although I typically am not interested in news, it makes my head hurt.) When a topic of interest arises, then I will research it using the most credible sources I can find. It seems like a lot of things are false on the surface, so you really have to do your own investigation.
I primarily use NPR and C-SPAN. Some people think they can be very dry, but these organizations report the news without unnecessary and inaccurate commentary. NPR is usually on the radio, but their website is great and very informative. I really can’t stand the big 3 on cable news (CNN, MSNBC, and FOX) because they are more entertainment stations than they are news stations.
I’m definitely an internet news consumer, looking to sites like http://www.huffingtonpost.com or http://www.nytimes.com to get major headlines. GreenAnswers also has a news section, if you’re looking for environmental news. Another good eco-site is the Environmental News Network, found at http://www.enn.com. If you happen to be vegetarian, a great publication is VegNews found at http://www.vegnews.com.
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