As someone who generally loves reading the news, I find that I cannot find simply enough sources. The term “News” is really blanket term for our culture. What is news to me may not be to the next person. Though in order to create content for the masses as a writer or, editor, photographer . . .You must immerse yourself in a variety of content, no story is too big or too small for your audience. I use a few sources, that I believe give me a grasp on what’s going on in the world.
The New York Times
This is exemplification of journalistic excellence in my world. The “Times” covers a array of news from all over the world and it does in tried and true fashion, with good stories, great writing, and excellent media to accompany it. When I want to know what the “real” story is, I go here. I believe it’s audience looks for great writing and inspirational stories. If I could fix the website I would make it a little less like a newspaper.
Not a traditional news website in any sense, they’re definitely “off the beat and path.” Though their stories are not always the biggest, they are still important. From YouTube links of erupting volcanoes, to leaked photos, and a compilation of odd stories around the country to keep me interested. Gawker also has a great entertainment blog that keeps me up to date with some current trends. This website caters to those looking for lighter or off beat stories. If I could fix their website I would fix some redundant buttons on it.
This is by far and large my favorite news outlet. Vice news correspondents cover some of our worlds’ most daunting issues in real time. Their coverage of the Islamic State for example was (at the time) a world exclusive, by actually riding with the militants during their daily patrols. Outside of international coverage, their domestic coverage of issues, like the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri and covering international reporters covering news in the U.S. makes for very interesting stories. This website caters to a liberal audience. I would add a little color to their website I find it very “black and white.”
Whenever I read or hear a story I believe it is important to hear both sides to get an accurate understanding of what is going on. I like the BBC, because I like to get an “outside” story on events. Reading stories written by Americans does not give me all the angles, even domestically. Additionally, foreign media may cover stories that are not in any American media outlet. This is definitely a website for an international community. I wish they would make their font a little bit larger.
The Huffington Post
Although they have grown significantly since their origins their appeal stays the same. I do not go here so much for most stories, but their opinion pieces are really interesting. Furthermore I enjoy their political coverage, as it tends to use more rational in my book than most publications, and I believe this website really caters to a political crowd. I would fix their media focused format, It’s not easy to read.