Our Daily Bleg: What News Sites to Read?

Admirim Luboteni, living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, writes with a simple but hard question:

Which general news/business sites should one read daily to keep himself well-informed?

I will be interested to see how many people suggest aggregators like Newser or a new one I just heard about, NewsCred.

Also, I would add to Admirim’s question:

Which blogs?

I will not be surprised if this second question reignites an RSS feed debate, but I will not be disappointed if it doesn’t.

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Shameless Plug.

Here goes. If you are in India and are a management professional then the best source is the news aggregator www.indyeahinc.com that you should look at. Gives you all that is happening in the Biz world around you. And it is a site that you can comment on and add in your own links too. And guess who put it together? ;-)



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I use many of the above but also digg. Fairly left wing politically (which may just be representative of the general internet populace) but gets me a fair chunk of popular culture and internet memes as well. Appeals to the kid in me.

Jeffrey Martin


the multi-lingual capabilities and semantic search is very interesting.


I just follow people on Twitter. When important stuff happens, they mention it and link to the page.

Eli Baker

I like Today's Papers, a daily summary of the news at Slate.com. Covers the NYTimes, Wall St. Journal, LA times, Wash Post and sometimes a few others.



My daily rounds:

freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com (of course!)

slate.com (political and legal analysis/interesting stuff)

economist.com (Read this magazine cover to cover every week and you WILL be more informed on the world than 99.99% of the population)

slashdot.org (not for the comments, but for the links to all sorts of interesting things)

arstechnica.com (tech/privacy/legal)

www.freedom-to-tinker.com (tech security/privacy/politcal - If your IT department filters your intertubes, ask for an exemption for this site which is sometimes tagged as a "hacking" site. One look will convince otherwise.)

cnn.com (Yeah, lousy stories and sensationalist headlines, but a good place for breaking news)

autoextremist.com (Weekly automotive newspaper. Very insightful.)



Mainstream news/magazines:

NYTimes (www.nytimes.com), The Week, Economist, MSNBC (http://msnbc.msn.com), BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk), CNN (meh...)


DailyKos (fave), Engadget, Gizmodo, Huffington Post

Jared D

I love Reuters and the BBC. Also, the Christian Science Monitor online is a great way for Americans to gain well-rounded international news exposure. The comment earlier about it not being a religiously Christian publication is spot on. And, as for the movie reviews, I don't find they get hung up warnings of "inappropriate scenes." As a father invested in my children's emotional and social development I actually appreciate knowing about movie scene content like that and don't necessarily equate it with a heavy-handed or religious outlook.

susan Lee Schwartz

I do not see a single place where people read about what is happening in eduction, which is why they do not know that our finest teachers are under assault, and are being harassed out of the system. If the newspapers are the only place people read about the plight of teachers,it is no wonder they do not comprehend how the public school system has been purged of all those who oppose insulting, destructive eduction policies . The union are in league together, and the school systems have a perfect process to deprive teachers of their constitutional rights to a fair trial, and fire them. Many never make tenure, and there is a constant stream of novice teachers too afraid to blow the whistle. A good site to begin is teacherabuse.com. Once you read the true teacher stories here, you will want to read the book "White Chalk Crime" by Karen Horwitz, where the data and evidence reveals the extent of the scandal, and the destruction of American public education...the dumbing down of America.



Given time constraints, I'd recommend the classics:

The Economist (www.economist.com), BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk), Wall Street Journal (www.wsj.com), International Herald Tribune (www.iht.com), a visit to Google News, local paper of record

With enough time, season to taste with these:

[General Business]

Bloomberg (www.bloomberg.com), Financial Times (www.ft.com), Business Week (www.businessweek.com), The Motley Fool (www.fool.com)

[General News]

New York Times (www.nytimes.com), Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com), Al Jazeera English (http://english.aljazeera.net), Reuters (www.reuters.com), United Nations (www.un.org/News/), Pro Publica (www.propublica.org), Der Spiegel (www.spiegel.de/international)


RealClearPolitics (www.realclearpolitics.com), TechCrunch (www.techcrunch.com), The Volokh Conspiracy (www.volokh.com)


Drudge really is the best general news site to go to. I read a ton of blogs and you mention rss, but drudge isn't offered in rss :(

What's on Drudge today will be on the news tomorrow.


drudge baby drudge, followed by ace of spades and lifehacker, with a lot of espn and boston dirt dogs thrown in for good measure


quite frankly, despite living in the US, for news, especially international and foreign policy related, I really prefer German ones over any english language sites:

- spiegel.de

(fastest, market leader, yet superficial, largest german news mag)

- tagesschau.de

(website of the serious, reliable, almost official tv news cast)

- then I use realclearpolitics.com to get an overview of the articles on US politics/campaign and read selectively.

That's basically it.

NY Times, sometimes Economist in print.


ipl.org is an excellent source. Go to newspapers and pick the area you are interested in. Getting the local perspective is often enlightening. Priorities shift the closer you get to the source.


This bleg is perfectly suited for me, I work for a hedge fund as a sort of news aggregator. I read 6 papers a day, follow over 30 blogs, and many other daily and weekly newsletters.

Daily I would suggest:

- Financial Times

- International Herald Tribune (its the international version of the NY Times)

- Wall Street Journal (Since Rupert Murdock took over its drifted away from a purely business paper in an attempt to draw a larger audience. I do not like the changes, but others may.)


- Economist (Hands down, the best weekly out there. If there was only one thing I had time to read every week it would be this.)


- Big Picture


Start with a Google news sweep, head over to Drudge Report, and work my way down the list of news and opinon sites listed there. On any given day I'll go throught 5 to 20 sites looking for interestng headlines or insight into various topics or look at topics through the eyes of various other countries.















For grins and giggles I'll read Pravda, they always make me smile.


I'm in the car a lot all day, so I get more than enough news on the radio. Then, at home in the evening, it's Google Reader for various RSS feeds, Drudge for general news, USA Today (headlines and sports), Ace of Spades HQ for a laugh, Engadget, Whitecoat Rants, local soccer news and local news sites. Hardly watch TV any longer, thank God.



No, I'm kidding.

After living in New Zealand, it became clear to me that the International News section of small-country national newspaper is an excellent and fairly objective source of world news. Most nations under 30m people don't generate enough news of their own to be completely insular. NZ's national paper is:


See also Canada:


(Just note that if Fox News strikes you as Fair & Balanced, you may experience the harsh glare of international perspectives as an albino experiences direct sunlight.)


Many news stories that report on politics and economics have a basis in scientific fact. Global warming, the LHC, the debate over cloning, GM foods, etc. Often online newspapers will get to the science stories a day or two later than reported on science websites. Thus recommendations - LiveScience, Space.com, DailyGalaxy, and Wired.

And yes, classic newsportals like NYTimes, Economist, WSJ, Reason, FT, IHT, and BBC work too.