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News has evolved, and how you read it needs to evolve too. It’s not about going to one site any more. It’s also not about reading through social networks.

Reading the news today isn’t as simple as it used to be. There is an information overload The 5 Best News Curation Apps to Fight Information Overload The 5 Best News Curation Apps to Fight Information Overload You've got so much vying for your attention -- news articles, Reddit posts, tweets, Facebook posts -- but what if you could get it all curated in one place? Read More that you need to counter. Plenty of sites have their own biases that you have to manoeuvre. And lots of smaller news outlets have the most interesting articles.

So change how you read news: take small bites, track a single subject, or read the most trending articles. These sites and apps will give you an interesting way to consume news.

1. Tenreads (Web, Android, iOS): For Those Who Read News, Not Follow It

Ten Reads has a simple approach that is perfect for anyone overwhelmed by the constant barrage of news we face today. It presents only 10 news articles at any time, and adds context.

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You can currently view world news or India-centric news. Tenreads tracks what people are reading and sharing, to surface the 10 things you should be reading. It also finds 10 reads for a few sections: business, entertainment, science, sports, and technology.

Tenreads also adds context to each news item with a three-line summary before you read the piece, and a timeline of all events leading up to the current news. This way, you don’t have to be following the news to stay updated of every small event.

Download: Tenreads for Android (Free) or iOS (Free)

2. Above The Fold (Web): Top News From Top Publications

Political bias is a real problem with news today. If you expose yourself to only one type of news outlets, your thoughts can be influenced by their opinions.

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Above The Fold gathers and presents the top five news articles as they appear on the front page of the top 20 news outlets. This includes The Washington Post, Fox News, Al Jazeera, QZ, Breitbart, and several others. You are free to turn off some outlets if you want.

The site also has a “bias filter,” letting you view publications that are far left, left, neutral, right, or far right. Like Google News and its alternatives The Best Alternatives to Google News That Help You Stay Current The Best Alternatives to Google News That Help You Stay Current While Google News is convenient and easy to use, there are other ways to get your mainstream, niche, or even personalized news, delivered to you on your desktop or on the go. Read More , Above The Fold is an aggregator that shows the best of everyone. And even exposing yourself to that is enough to broaden how you see the news.

3. The Perspective (Web): The Two Sides to Every Story

The Perspective is a good way to find out if you are wrong Are You Wrong? 5 Sites to Find Out Are You Wrong? 5 Sites to Find Out You'll be surprised how often you are wrong. Challenge yourself, and figure out what you are wrong about and what you are right about. Here are a few sites to help. Read More in how you think. Its premise is that there are two sides to every story. And the site’s editors hunt out those two sides, presented in different media outlets.

For example, take the recent news of the first time that a woman was cast as Doctor Who. The Perspective found two articles about it. The one in The Guardian talked about how this is progress, while The Sunday Herald said it doesn’t make sense and alienates fans. The base argument of both articles is presented next to each other, and you can read the full articles at their respective sites.

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Largely, The Perspective tackles Politics, Entertainment, Sports, Living, and Business/Technology. The last category, The Big Ones, debates larger issues that don’t fit any of these sections.

Go on, challenge yourself.

4. Gong (Web): A News-Sharing Social Network

If you’re a news junkie, Gong is going to immediately appeal to you. It’s a social network that wants you to share news articles you find, vote what you like or dislike, and discover news through other sharers. There is nothing earth-shattering about that, but the system works.

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Here’s the best part about Gong. Each news article includes just the headline, the publication’s name, and a picture. Click it and it expands to show you the first few paragraphs, and even an embedded video if it’s available. You can continue reading news without ever leaving the page. It’s a fantastic way to skim the daily news when you’re busy 4 Superb Ways to Skim the Daily News When You Are Busy 4 Superb Ways to Skim the Daily News When You Are Busy In these busy times, getting your daily dose of news is like being dosed by a firehose. Free online news summarizers help. These four newsletters are among the best curated by passionate news hunters. Read More .

You don’t need to be a Gong member to enjoy its services. The social network does not require you to register to use it. Feel free to be a passive consumer and not an active contributor.

5. Top.st (Web, Android, iOS, Windows): Trending News in Real Time

If all you want is the latest trending news, presented in a neat format, then look no further than Top.st. It’s all about the news here, nothing else.

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Top.st selects interesting news from 30 countries and ranks them in real-time based on how the link is shared on social networks. The chart updates rapidly, so you might need to click the “pause” button once in a while to catch up.

The app also has five time periods (current, hour, day, week, month) to provide snapshots of what was trending at the time.

Of course, with this mechanism, you aren’t accounting for biases, preferred outlets, or any other filters. For that, your best bet is to create a custom news feed with RSS How to Create a Real News Feed with RSS How to Create a Real News Feed with RSS Combine RSS outputs with a couple of third-party tools and create a single customized news feed which only contains legitimate stories you care about. We show you how in this step by step guide. Read More .

Do You Trust News From Social Networks?

The media currently faces severe constraints with free speech. It can come from bosses with vested conflicting interests or powerful business and political forces. It’s a time when you want news that is guaranteed free from censorship Top 5 World News Websites Guaranteed Free From Censorship Top 5 World News Websites Guaranteed Free From Censorship Is there no place for the reader to turn for unbiased news? The short answer is an emphatic yes. These five popular news websites are free from censorship. Read More .

It’s why a lot of people today get their news from social networks. Unfortunately, these networks allow for even less scrutiny about their interests or biases.

Do you trust the news you see on social networks? Do you wait for a news organization to confirm or refute it?

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  1. Mike Marshall
    July 27, 2017 at 4:13 am

    I do not rely upon any single source as being a reputable news source, all have some degree of bias. I read news from a variety of traditional and emerging news sources. Mainstream media is rife with political bias so I read feeds from all sides of the political spectrum.

    I particularly do not trust social media as being in anyway reliable or trustworthy as a news source. A recent 'experiment' by Facebook demonstrated how their users mood/feeling could be adjusted based upon the news stories they were 'fed'. Recent political events, particularly in the UK and the USA , have shown how misleading and downright false 'news' stories can have wide-ranging and potentially long-term effects upon whole societies. Recent surveys have shown that more than half of people in the so-called developed world now get their 'news' via social media. Hearing high-level politicians decry news stories that don't agree with their agenda as 'fake news' is a particularly worrying trend as it does appear to negatively energise a large percentage of the population into believing only what they want to believe or are told to believe.

    It's quite frightening that in this social media age of supposed greater communication that many people cannot now differentiate between credible news, biased news, satire and downright fake news.

  2. Joe Bee
    July 25, 2017 at 9:16 am

    I notice that all these sites contain a plethora of news from the USA.
    Are there any sites that contain more relevant world news?
    A UK citizen.

  3. dragonmouth
    July 22, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I am a fossil. I prefer to get my news from dead-tree newspapers. I can recognize the corporate bias of each and adjust my bulls**t filter accordingly.

    "Do You Trust News From Social Networks?"
    ROTFLMAO! About as much as I trust a snake oil salesman. Social networks are the biggest offenders in biased, bigoted and/or censored news.

    "news that is guaranteed free from censorship"
    The only way news can be guaranteed to be without censorship/bias is if it is limited only to only the dry facts. As soon as the news starts to be interpreted, it becomes supposition or conjecture. It becomes biased.

    • Paul
      July 23, 2017 at 4:33 am

      +1!
      I couldn't agree more!

    • IWrite
      July 23, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Imagine that, an actual intelligent person online. Thanks for summing things up quite well.