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It’s not exaggerating to suggest that a person in a developed country can now find out what is happening anywhere in the world, whether it be their local area or somewhere thousands of miles away, almost instantly. News reports are everywhere, and on every medium you can think of.

This is amazing considering how hard current affairs and world news was hard to come by until relatively recently. From printed newspapers to rolling television news channels, from countless talk radio stations to the Web; the range of options for consuming news is now phenomenal.

This led us to seek out your personal views on the news, and the best places to source it from, for last week’s We Ask You column. The results of which are below.

The Results

We asked you, What Do You Use For News? The MakeUseOf readership came out in force for this one, with a fantastic number of you sharing the methods you use to discover the news. Some stuck to the technology side of things, while others ventured into current affairs and politics, which made for an interesting discussion.

With so many comments being made — many of which became conversations with comments back and forth between different people — I recommend you read through the whole thread. But for those who ascribe to the notion that Ain’t nobody got time for that! what follows are the extremely edited highlights.


Every medium enjoyed a mention, which suggests that while many of us take advantage of the Web these days its existence doesn’t mean we’ve abandoned the older, more established methods of news gathering and reporting. Radio stations still have a place, newspapers still have a place, and rolling news channels are still surprisingly popular despite the fact they often wear their biases on their sleeves.

In terms of the technology-based solutions, the following is a selection of services mentioned in the comments.

Google Reader
The Drudge Report
The Huffington Post
Google Currents

Comment Of The Week

We had great input from the likes of Mark E. Smith, Rajaa Chowdhury, and Lisa Santika Onggrid, to name just a few. Comment Of The Week goes to Victor Ong who won with this comment:

Technology has increased so fast in so little time. News can be broadcasted in almost any form. Here’s what I use:
In the morning/afternoon I listen to the radio. This includes ONLINE radio and regular, signal-receiving radio. When I listen to the news flashes put in here and there it perks my interest to:
GO GOOGLE IT. I google it so that I can get more in-depth knowledge of specific pieces of news
When I go on facebook my feed is constantly flooded with little news bites, most of which I will go on to google.
As always, there is television. Television is a really good way to get news about my local community and about worldwide developments. They usually have very good, in-depth reporting, and if there is anything more I need to know, to google I go.
The last is newspapers. However, the newspapers I get are mostly political opinion pieces (ugh). There is always news in the paper, but it’s mostly bathroom reading.
I guess for me it really comes down to catching wind of the news somewhere online or on the radio, then googling it for further information.

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  1. G
    February 27, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Interesting, in the morning, I use my newspaper subscriptions on my tablet to read news. I also have quite few apps for other news sources (such ass BBC. ITV, CNET, Bloomberg, Yahoo news etc), I don't use radio at home cause I don't have time in the morning, need to get the kids ready for school and myself for work, however, I do listen to radio whilst driving. I don't use Google, I use BING and only fall back on Google if BING and Yahoo fails but very rare. Don't use Facebook as it is strictly family, however, I do get other news through LinkedIn and Twitter.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 27, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      You don't use Google at all? That's rare. What made you choose Bing over Google?

      • George's
        February 28, 2013 at 8:46 pm

        Hi Dave,

        I don't have a single Google app on any of my devices and computer. They became too big and deviated from earlier mission. They have no ethics now and I don't trust them collecting data about my every move. I actually found some private information about which was supposed to be private but wasn't. There are many documented incidents of privacy plus many other reasons. 4 years ago I decided to prove that there alternative as good as Google but without the bloated adverts, and rubbish results when searching. They are pretty good as a search engine, but I found the. results full of noise. I switched to Bing and Yahoo ( as an alternative) and never looked back. I know I might be using it indirectly. I am totally Google free..