23 votes

What are some good news outlets you would recommend?

Ideally without any paywall since I am a long way away from even being able to work.

22 comments

  1. [7]
    krg
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    AP News and Reuters are where a lot of papers get their news from, so might as well go to the source. PBS NewsHour also seems like a pretty good source.

    AP News and Reuters are where a lot of papers get their news from, so might as well go to the source. PBS NewsHour also seems like a pretty good source.

    14 votes
    1. [6]
      stephen
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      NewHour is great if you like your news brought to you by the generous support of conservative oligarchs.

      NewHour is great if you like your news brought to you by the generous support of conservative oligarchs.

      2 votes
      1. [5]
        krg
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        Hmm...I wouldn't know. NewsHour always seemed dry as hell, to me, which I took as a good sign. I realized my link to the NewsHour feed is basically just a bunch of AP stories, anyway.

        Hmm...I wouldn't know. NewsHour always seemed dry as hell, to me, which I took as a good sign.

        I realized my link to the NewsHour feed is basically just a bunch of AP stories, anyway.

        4 votes
        1. [4]
          stephen
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          Yeah the Kochs were on the board and gave a shit ton of money IIRC. Used to watch a fair bit of NewsHour myself

          Yeah the Kochs were on the board and gave a shit ton of money IIRC. Used to watch a fair bit of NewsHour myself

          1 vote
          1. [3]
            9000
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            I cannot find any evidence that the Koch brothers are on the board of NewsHour. I found that they have donated (though my cursory search has not turned up a number), but I can't find evidence they...

            I cannot find any evidence that the Koch brothers are on the board of NewsHour. I found that they have donated (though my cursory search has not turned up a number), but I can't find evidence they are on the board.

            According to the Wikipedia page, Liberty Media bought a controlling stake in NewsHour in 1994, and John C. Malone has a controlling stake in Liberty Media [SEE EDIT]. There is no mention of the Kochs, though.

            I recommend reading the Criticism and Scholarly Analysis sections of the NewsHour Wikipedia page for a discussion of bias, because I don't feel comfortable summarizing in any fewer words.


            EDIT: Apparently Liberty Media no longer owns NewsHour. In 2013, they sold their stake to WETA-TV, a PBS member station. It mentions this in the NewsHour history section, and NewsHour is listed as a former asset on Liberty Media's page.

            WETA-TV itself is owned by Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association, which also owns the WETA NPR station. So, WETA-TV seems to almost exclusively be an independent public media company.

            8 votes
            1. [2]
              NoblePath
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              Important takeaway: most “public” media is really anything but.

              Important takeaway: most “public” media is really anything but.

              1. 9000
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                I'm sorry, but my initial investigation was not thorough enough. Please see my edit. It appears that NewsHour is now owned by an independent public broadcasting company based out of Washington...

                I'm sorry, but my initial investigation was not thorough enough. Please see my edit. It appears that NewsHour is now owned by an independent public broadcasting company based out of Washington D.C.

                Apologies for the initial misrepresentation.

                3 votes
  2. [2]
    Deimos
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    There are some recommendations in this old thread too: Quality news sources Personally, I've been using Axios for a lot of my news lately. Their write-ups are generally neutral, and they publish...

    There are some recommendations in this old thread too: Quality news sources

    Personally, I've been using Axios for a lot of my news lately. Their write-ups are generally neutral, and they publish very few opinion-based pieces, so it's been a good way to keep track of just the major developments every day.

    12 votes
    1. tomf
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      The Axios program on HBO is also worth watching.

      The Axios program on HBO is also worth watching.

      4 votes
  3. vili
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    Here are some sources that I follow for general news and news analysis. Personally, I try to use sort of neutral sources for general news ("what happened"), and then supplement with a variety of...

    Here are some sources that I follow for general news and news analysis. Personally, I try to use sort of neutral sources for general news ("what happened"), and then supplement with a variety of sources for the analysis ("why it happened").

    News
    Reuters - fairly neutral
    BBC - UK centric but works for me
    Wikipedia - Current Events - decent daily summaries, often things I have missed elsewhere

    Science & Tech News
    Astronomy Now
    Discover
    Everyday Astronaut
    Nature
    Science
    Science Daily
    Scientific American
    Space.com
    Spaceflight Now
    Yes, space fascinates me.

    Analysis
    1843
    Aeon
    American Scientist
    Arts & Letters Daily
    The Atlantic
    Backreaction
    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    Caspian Report
    The Christian Science Monitor
    The Conversation
    Center for Strategic and International Studies
    Crux Capacitor
    The Economist
    E-International Relations
    Encyclopedia Geopolitica
    European Council on Foreign Relations
    Financial Times
    Foreign Affairs
    Foreign Policy
    The Guardian - The Long Read
    LessWrong
    Longform
    Lowly Institute - The Interpreter
    Nautilus
    Neurologica
    The New York Review of Books
    Politico (Europe)
    Politico (US)
    Quanta Magazine
    Reasons to be Cheerful
    Smithsonian
    Stratfor - Horizons
    The Verge - Longform
    Wait But Why
    Wired - Backchannel

    If anyone can recommend good sources for news and geopolitical analysis on Sub-Saharan Africa or South America, I'm all ears. Preferably in English.

    5 votes
  4. stephen
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    I like Democracy Now. They platform all sorts of great people the corporate media doesn't and they cover climate change with the sort of urgency it deserves.

    I like Democracy Now. They platform all sorts of great people the corporate media doesn't and they cover climate change with the sort of urgency it deserves.

    8 votes
  5. Mandelmannen
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    Don't know how many Swedes are here but Omni.se is where I go for my news. They seem to cover news unbiased and have clear sources and make it easy to follow their reports on news around the world...

    Don't know how many Swedes are here but Omni.se is where I go for my news. They seem to cover news unbiased and have clear sources and make it easy to follow their reports on news around the world by using tags.

    6 votes
  6. Silbern
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    Voice of America's pretty good, it's the American Federal Government's foreign news service (though they still cover a lot of domestic news too). Completely free, no ads, and they even publish...

    Voice of America's pretty good, it's the American Federal Government's foreign news service (though they still cover a lot of domestic news too). Completely free, no ads, and they even publish full articles in their RSS feed if you're into that (like me). I've also found Vox news and Politico to be pretty decent for political info, PBS NewsHour (as already mentioned) is good, and the NYTimes is pretty solid too for general news. It's not normally free, but you can get a free subscription from a surprising number of places, including potentially a local university or library.

    4 votes
  7. Leonidas
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    In addition to Democracy Now as was already suggested, Unicorn Riot and It's Going Down are great sources of original reporting on protests and political violence. Current Affairs also has a lot...

    In addition to Democracy Now as was already suggested, Unicorn Riot and It's Going Down are great sources of original reporting on protests and political violence. Current Affairs also has a lot of superb writing, such as the article about Buttigieg I posted earlier.

    4 votes
  8. [4]
    mrbig
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    El País is a reliable source and has good local versions.

    El País is a reliable source and has good local versions.

    1 vote
    1. [3]
      KapteinB
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      This one, right? On the topic of non-English news sources; for news in Norwegian I recommend Aftenposten and NRK.

      This one, right?

      On the topic of non-English news sources; for news in Norwegian I recommend Aftenposten and NRK.

      1 vote
      1. mrbig
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        Yeah. It will redirect you to a local version. I believe they have an English or US one.

        Yeah. It will redirect you to a local version. I believe they have an English or US one.

  9. NoblePath
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    For national and world i look at news.google.com, also al-jazeera, the guardian, and the economist espresso. My struggle is finding local news. There’s an independent weekly that reports well, but...

    For national and world i look at news.google.com, also al-jazeera, the guardian, and the economist espresso.

    My struggle is finding local news. There’s an independent weekly that reports well, but its scope is very limited. I don’t even know where to look.

    1 vote