The Guardian Telegraph (UK) Daily Mail (to see what the official line is being fed the public) The Independent Al Jazeera RT Facebook (I see many leads there to diverse reports that would normally go unnoticed) emails from friends (mainly activists) Wikileaks The Times of India The Star (Malaysian) Debka The Jerusalem Post
That's just PART of the sources I check, most of them will produce the same (filtered and approved) 'news' (as the News of the World used to say: 'All the News fit to print' which was parodied as 'All the news approved to print').
But once you start finding 'underground' sources.... well you find much more that makes sense, and it makes it easier to see how we are manipulated by the main stream media!
I write online news articles about all kinds of topics and I cite at least two sources for each article.
It's awful, but BBC News and the Guardian have the most in-depth and comprehensive news from all over the world, especially America! Sometimes I have to go to VOA, NPR and other sources, depending on who is writing about a topic on any given day.
The New York Times is next, but for certain stories, it depends. Science, NASA, Al Jazeera, the Hindu Times and many more journals are available when the news is sparse and disappointing.
The regional and local papers are next. They have the scoop on many stories and not necessarily local ones.
Many times, only one news source has actually written anything. Then the content dredgers simply repeat the same information, over and over. That makes me mad because Google favors that kind of action and puts the junk at the top of the search results.
Twitter is a rich and constantly updating source of links to full articles, photos and videos when something is breaking. Twitter is also very good for correcting rumors and false reports. I've seen bogus news corrected within minutes with the live Twitter feed.
News is often as much about background and factoids as it is about the breaking story. I find Wikipedia to be an excellent resource when a deeper understanding is a good thing to have. Don't let the academics and the naysayers diss the Wiki, which will put a giant disclaimer up when an article is not fact checked or properly cited.
Finally, Google images and maps always help to put things into perspective.
Log into your account and simply 'add' the news feeds you want to subscribe to. They will suggest millions of possibles but you can also search for ones you may like, search for Al Jazeera and they will bring them (and similar) to the screen.
Xenonlit, what a fantastic and comprehensive reply!
I personally used to always have the BBC news page open in a tab, but then I didn't have TV at the time.
Now I read the Daily Mail online but can switch the TV BBC News 24 on anytime, or even Sky News. If there is a story I want to follow up I will check out what the BBC or Guardian says about it, as I know the Daily Mail always goes for the sensationalist (but not always accurate) angle.
I know Twitter is an amazing resource for breaking news, but the BBC usually puts a feed on their page when something major happens, which is worth watching.
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