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Where do you get news specifically for your own country?

It always bothers me that I know American politics presumably pretty well but my own nation's politics on a nearly surface level so I guess I'll ask this, but this can be for practically any country that isn't the US or maybe Britain.

Since this is specifically for your countries the sources can be limited to your country's language.

One source of Brazilian (my nation's) news I've heard of that isn't a from a large cable channel like CNN is Nexo, although the paywall makes serious consumption inviable simply because my parents wouldn't pay for me to read news of all things, but if you can, do it, the charts are great and the rest seems pretty good.

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    cfabbro
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    Am Canadian, so the CBC! Though I also get a significant amount of my International news from them too (as well as the BBC), since they are usually remarkably level-headed, measured, and objective...

    Am Canadian, so the CBC! Though I also get a significant amount of my International news from them too (as well as the BBC), since they are usually remarkably level-headed, measured, and objective about how they report on most things IMO.

    TBH, I wish more Americans would go to the CBC (and BBC) for their news, since most of the US stories worth covering are on there, and compared to most US sources (esp cable news sources) they are significantly better (again just IMO).

    8 votes
    1. chas
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      For Canadian stories, I find CanadaLand interesting. Each episode is more like a magazine piece, though, as opposed to "news of the day"

      For Canadian stories, I find CanadaLand interesting. Each episode is more like a magazine piece, though, as opposed to "news of the day"

      2 votes
  2. Algernon_Asimov
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    People reading this post might also be interested in these previous discussions: What news sources or other websites do you use on a daily basis? Which newspaper do you trust? How do you get your...
    8 votes
  3. Adys
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    The Brussels Times: https://www.brusselstimes.com/ It's a pretty clean news site and feels neutral. And I live in Brussels so theres a lot of relevant local news. I check it a few times a week at...

    The Brussels Times: https://www.brusselstimes.com/

    It's a pretty clean news site and feels neutral. And I live in Brussels so theres a lot of relevant local news. I check it a few times a week at most.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Brussels_Times

    8 votes
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    senko
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    This bugs me a lot! Croatian media is so politicized, biased or clickbaity/tabloid (often all of the above). I read (well, listen to) The Economist for world coverage, and while they're far from...

    This bugs me a lot! Croatian media is so politicized, biased or clickbaity/tabloid (often all of the above).

    I read (well, listen to) The Economist for world coverage, and while they're far from unbiased (and I sometimes don't agree with their stance), I'd pay as much (which is a lot!) for local news source that strives for the same kind of balance, quality and insightfulness.

    Stil haven't found one.

    6 votes
    1. vord
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      Am American. Ditto. Even many of our 'neutral' sources still have pretty heavy-handed agendas. Some of the best national coverage of America comes from the BBC.

      Croatian media is so politicized, biased or clickbaity/tabloid (often all of the above).

      Am American. Ditto. Even many of our 'neutral' sources still have pretty heavy-handed agendas.

      Some of the best national coverage of America comes from the BBC.

      4 votes
  5. fandegw
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    For France, I use four main sources: The youtube channel of VU FranceTV, which is a zapping condensing an opinionated view of one day of TV. It often channels through the main TV news shows, and...

    For France, I use four main sources:

    • The youtube channel of VU FranceTV, which is a zapping condensing an opinionated view of one day of TV. It often channels through the main TV news shows, and intercuts them with carefully chosen reaction shot of reality shows which produce a kind of meme reaction.
      As I don't watch TV anymore, it is a small view onto what still broadcast on it, and the day to day news.
      The show has some interesting history behind it:
      It originally came to life as Le Zapping in the unencrypted time slot of a cable TV channel called Canal+, but when a certain Vincent Bolloré came in control of Canal+, the rather good liberty that the teams writing many shows in the whole channel caused problems for him. So this show (and some others, the french wikipedia article on him is way more complete) was removed from the channel. It moved into the French government baked channel group of France Télévisions. Which to this day for this show in particular has been a re-gain in liberty for the writing team and producer Patrick Menais

    • The youtube channel of Médiapart, its the free channel of the paywalled news website Médiapart. Its a fully independent (meaning payed only by the subscriptions of its readers, no ads, no partners).
      The website does not interest me very much as I don't like to read articles narrated by one journalist small or big.
      But the channel has long-format set like shows with one journalist and always at least two person discussing deeper into a subject either for a book release of one of the interviewee, or for a big politic event such as the recent protests against the retirement reform. It's a very good way to get an handle of what's happening in the country as you will hear voices that are not present in the classical news outlets, and I feel its very important that we, as a spectator, hear their voices directly even through the shaky system of set-like show with several speakers. (As opposed to through the summarized view of one journalist's writing).
      It has also the leftist weekly reactionary show "Ouvrez les guillemets" ran by a "famous" french internet personality Usul which can be refreshing in this naturally right-winged world.

    • The long-format show of Arrêt-sur-Images, as with Médiapart, its an paywalled news website, fully independent with no ads and no partners. As the literal translation suggests: freeze frame, and figurative translation: step-by-step analysis, its more a meta analysis of the media treatment of a specific subject. It generally has some very good speakers either from the medias themselves, or from knowledgeable persons for the subject to construct a discussion with different point of views.
      Generally its a very good news source to have some more constructed point of view on a given subject, as there is more time to go into details and constantly show many recurrent problems of current media landscapes.

    • Again a long-format, the youtube channel Thinkerview, a self-described leftist and hacker-issued think tank. Fully independent but not paywalled, financed only by tipeee (patreon like). It consists of a long (1h-2h) interview with one (rarely two) person. As their main angle is geopolitical, their subjects tends to be more global rather than concerning only the France, but there are many interview linked to France politics. Again their interviewees are mostly non-existent on classical media, and the depth they can go into makes this channel a good way to have more constructed views onto a subject.

    6 votes
  6. jtvjan
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    I watch the 8 P.M. NOS (Dutch Broadcasting Foundation) news every day. They are required by law to be impartial, so I think it's good enough to be my main source of news. A not-so-fun fact: The 8...

    I watch the 8 P.M. NOS (Dutch Broadcasting Foundation) news every day. They are required by law to be impartial, so I think it's good enough to be my main source of news.

    A not-so-fun fact: The 8 P.M. news has been broadcasted uninterrupted every day since 1969, except on the 29th of January 2015, where it was replaced by the text 'Please wait', because a man with a fake pistol entered the studio building and demanded to be broadcast. Here is a video: https://youtu.be/dgyJ8nYzkME

    4 votes
  7. mrbig
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    El País Brasil is vastly superior to most local newsgroups.

    El País Brasil is vastly superior to most local newsgroups.

    3 votes
  8. VoidOutput
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    Frankly, your country's Google News website but you need to tweak it. I'll give a blatant example, if you're in the US just block Fox News and every website that is below your quality standard....

    Frankly, your country's Google News website but you need to tweak it. I'll give a blatant example, if you're in the US just block Fox News and every website that is below your quality standard. I've been using it for my country and after just 10 minutes going through the homepage and blocking stuff I get a pretty good news homepage for my country. You can also further tweak your topic preferences and hide topics instead of sources.

    3 votes
  9. memories
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    I am from Germany and for reading news in my mother tongue I use: Die Zeit Der Spiegel For global news I read: The New York Times Reuters The BBC I want a neutral view on news and they should be...

    I am from Germany and for reading news in my mother tongue I use:
    Die Zeit
    Der Spiegel

    For global news I read:
    The New York Times
    Reuters
    The BBC

    I want a neutral view on news and they should be fact-based. If you can recommend me better sites than the ones I read or have to tell me smth about one of the sites, please do so. If I'm not sure with a news site I usually check on mediabiasfactcheck

    2 votes