What Do You Use For News? [We Ask You]

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The way we receive news has changed beyond all recognition. If you traveled back in time 500 years then you’d find news was passed on either by official government bulletins or, more than likely, word of mouth. Travel back 100 years and the passage of news was still slow, though it reached many more people thanks to newspapers. Travel back 50 years and television had become a huge presence.

Now, in the present day, there are numerous methods for consuming news, with stories breaking around the world shared with the entire planet in a matter of minutes. This is both a good and bad thing. Good in the sense it has empowered the general population with unfettered information, bad in the sense that a lot more misinformation is passed around, both accidentally and on purpose.

This Week’s Question…

For this week’s We Ask You column, we want to know, What Do You Use For News? In other words, where do you source your news from? We don’t want a big long list from everyone who takes part in the debate, instead seeking an insight into how each member of the MakeUseOf readership receives breaking news and in-depth features.

There are a host of different sources you could cite. Are you a sucker for the old-school printed editions of newspapers? Do you sit hooked to 24-hour rolling news channels? Does word of mouth still play an active part in your news-gathering habits? They’re the main offline options, but the Web is awash with other options.

There are social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, the latter being especially important for the breaking of big stories in countries other than your own. There is Google Reader and its various alternatives. Which website do you trust to deliver the news that interests you and in a manner which suits your tastes?

Do you subscribe to the online versions of popular newspapers in order to break through the pay wall? Would you ever consider doing so? Do you have an app or apps on your smartphone or tablet that delivers the news to you when you’re on the go? Choose your favored news service and let us know what it is and why you rate it more highly than all of the other options available.

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Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, the respect of other readers, and 150 MakeUseOf points to use for MakeUseOf Rewards. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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Comments (97)
  • Cody Lettau

    There’s so many news sites out there, but most of them are filled with a bunch of crap that IS NOT relevant or valuable to me, hence wasting my time when I have to sort through all the crud.

    Don’t believe me? Go to the large news sites, such as Yahoo, ABC News, Fox News, or CNN and count the articles that are actually interesting and have an impact on your life. I bet it’s tough to find 1 out of 10 articles that really matter to you.

    This led me to seek a news source that only posted relevant and valuable news. I couldn’t find a site that really met my needs, so I created one called RAVNews (Relevant and Valuable News). Obviously, I use my own site as my news source, but I figured I’d share it with all of you. Would love if you took the time and checked it out at http://www.ravnews.com. Let me know what you think!

  • DB

    lol @ buzzfeed…. any govt related “story” is never vetted properly and then they never correct their incorrect reports. Buzzfeed has one goal, to be 1st to report something, regardless of accuracy. They love to push predetermined narratives.

    Huffington??? Really? lol again. Majority of stories are told with liberal colored crayons, emotion first, ideology second, talking points spoon fed to them on “how” to cover the story then a small sprinkling of semi-related facts they claim prove the veracity of the story…also enjoy pushing predetermined narratives.

    Do I surf these sights for news? No. I do surf them for TOPICS then conduct my own research regarding the TOPICS that interest me. Google is my bff. TOPICS can be researched to find the actual true information & relevant facts. Then, and only then, will you have the proper information to subsequently produce your own informed opinion.

  • SaapeXD MoHods

    FB , Twitter , Google + ( The Social Media )! XD

  • Heini Pulkkinen

    Yle1 world news & Yle2 local news from TV and sometimes Sony Walkman radiochannel.

  • Jonas Platte

    RSS (via Thunderbird), Google+ and sometimes newpaper

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