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Free online news

Post by J295 » Mon Feb 16, 2015 1:32 pm

Please share your preferred free online news sources. I get my online sports from the espn and golf channel apps, but haven't landed on a really good source or two for free news and business content. I enjoy the online features of a national newspaper (won't say which one to avoid political commentary), but don't want to pay $20 per month for it. Thoughts? Thank you.

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Re: Free online news

Post by livesoft » Mon Feb 16, 2015 1:37 pm

Standard places:
news.google.com (has links to many originators of news such as Reuters and Associated Press)
npr.org
nytimes.com
www.bbc.com/news/
www.latimes.com
www.sueddeutsche.de
and so on …

Not worth it: Any TV channel news sources
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Post by sci fi » Mon Feb 16, 2015 1:51 pm

I used to read http://www.bloomberg.com/ occasionally but since recently becoming a Boglehead I'm not so concerned about the daily business news. They have quite a bit of free content. I also like watching Frontline on http://www.pbs.org/ but those are more documentaries than daily news.

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Post by stan1 » Mon Feb 16, 2015 1:51 pm

One can get a free subscription to the Washington Post with a .gov, .mil, or .edu email address.

My alma mater offers a .edu email account to all alumni.

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Post by FredL » Mon Feb 16, 2015 2:13 pm

You can get almost any newspapers and magazines online for free, of course not all. Google them to get the web address. Even though some of the articles can only show the gist. If you want to read the details using public library's online service at home. It's called online ebsco database. If you don't know how to do it, ask the librarian at the library. I live in Mountain View, Silicon Valley, California.

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Post by livesoft » Mon Feb 16, 2015 2:36 pm

More about news sources from the Pew Research Center: http://www.journalism.org/2014/10/21/po ... ia-habits/
I forgot about The Daily Show and the Colbert Report.

The link has a list of 36 news sources that folks may find interesting.
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Post by chaz » Mon Feb 16, 2015 3:23 pm

www.cnn.com is good.
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Post by denovo » Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:37 pm

The two major sources of news that I am aware of that are not free are the NY Times and WSJ, but their paywalls are fairly permeable. If you search the title of the article on Google, you can get through.
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Post by LateStarter1975 » Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:41 pm

My biggest source for online news is from Twitter. I rarely tweet, but I subscribe to many news organizations, news personalities, business magazines, personal finance blogs and personalities and all I have to do is check my Twitter timeline and I see all the latest news from various websites. I stay extremely current around the world this way.
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Re: Free online news

Post by VictoriaF » Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:44 pm

Google news.

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Post by VictoriaF » Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:46 pm

stan1 wrote:One can get a free subscription to the Washington Post with a .gov, .mil, or .edu email address.

My alma mater offers a .edu email account to all alumni.
Great tip, thanks! I have an edu email address but seldom use it.

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Post by LadyGeek » Mon Feb 16, 2015 7:20 pm

denovo wrote:The two major sources of news that I am aware of that are not free are the NY Times and WSJ, but their paywalls are fairly permeable. If you search the title of the article on Google, you can get through.
The WSJ does allow links without a subscription via google - but the links may go away after a while. After that, a subscription is required.
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Post by CMartel2 » Mon Feb 16, 2015 7:26 pm

Breitbart
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Post by noraz123 » Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:17 pm

I would second Google News.

As for original content, I quite like Christian Science Monitor. Very good international coverage. And while its name/heritage implies a religious bent, I find the news to be unbiased and well written.

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Re: Free online news

Post by bhsince87 » Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:18 pm

VictoriaF wrote:Google news.

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Yes, this!

You can structure it to suit your preferences too.
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Re: Free online news

Post by lazyday » Tue Feb 17, 2015 4:30 am

bhsince87 wrote:You can structure it to suit your preferences too.
Anyone know a good way to reduce the number of articles from local and low quality sources? This wasn't a problem until relatively recently; maybe the algorithm changed.

It helps to add lots of good sources with "adjust sources" and set them all to "often". I have 20. But still too much local and garbage sources. Like Attack of the Fanboy, News for Shoppers, savingadvice.com, and iffy local tv stations from around the country--not my area.

Over time, I added about 60 unwanted sources and set them to "rarely". This helps a little, but it's work and there's probably thousands more to add.

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Re: Free online news

Post by dolphinsaremammals » Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:09 pm

I prefer to pay for the nytimes. They seem to invest a bundle in investigative journalism, and I have noticed that when they turn over some rock, the problem gets fixed within days. A lot of those rocks are in the government, so that benefits us all.

I find tv news websites of low quality.

For local news I pay for an actual weekly paper.

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Re: Free online news

Post by pondering » Sat Feb 21, 2015 2:15 am

http://newsmap.jp/

is a nice view of google news
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Re: Free online news

Post by GerryL » Sat Feb 21, 2015 2:36 am

Google News -- with some custom searches -- is my default home page.

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Re: Free online news

Post by GoldenFinch » Sat Feb 21, 2015 4:29 am

I look at Reuters, CNBC, and Market Watch online.

I listen to NPR.

My favorite news source is the New York Times, but it isn't free.

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Post by GerryL » Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:49 am

GoldenFinch wrote:I look at Reuters, CNBC, and Market Watch online.

I listen to NPR.

My favorite news source is the New York Times, but it isn't free.
When NYT switched to a paywall, they continued to offer a limited number of free stories a month (10?). But if you find an NYT article on Google News, the click-thru doesn't count against your monthly limit. When my NYT subscription at work was not renewed (lousy group pricing) I would use this trick: Scan NYT. If I found an article I wanted to read, go do a search for it on Google News and access the story from there. Cannot swear that this is all still true, but you can test it.

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Re: Free online news

Post by mindboggling » Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:31 pm

Reuters.com is my everyday go-to for hard news. And once-a-week or so, BBC.com.

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