4. News Sources - Keep Informed, Do Research: Types of news sources
News outlets (print, online, and broadcast) get much of their news from the large press services, such as Associated Press (AP) or Reuters. These services allow for news sources, especially local ones, to get national and international news without the need to send their own reporters to cover a story. This is why you'll often find the exact same news article and images used in several news sources - they got their content from the same place. News sources should note if an item comes from one of these services. While originally designed as news gathering sources for media outlets, these services are now accessible directly by individuals as well. Due to the use of these large press services, you may need to visit several news sources to get a different take on a topic.
See AP Images (OSU Only) to search for photographs provided by the Associated Press.
Some sources pull news from a variety of places and allow for a single place to search for and view multiple stories. You can browse stories or search for a topic. Aggregators tend to have current, but not archival news.
Google News: Search for a news topic or browse stories from 4,500 news sources.
Yahoo! News: Provides stories from approximately 70 online newspapers, press services, and television news providers.
View Yahoo! News results for a search for the phrase woolly mammoth. Note below the link the news stories and descriptions, there is a description of the source for each item.
Many print newspapers have their own web sites. These differ widely on how much they make available for free. For instance, some provide a week or month worth of current news for free, but charge for access to historical information. Some newspapers may have all or only select content online. Others may offer some content online but not in print.
Compare the homepages for The Lantern and The Times . What types of stories do these two newspapers cover? How much do they differ on coverage of local, national, and international news?
The OSU Libraries provides access to databases where you can search current, recent, and historical newspaper content. OSU Libraries pays the subscription fees so students, faculty and staff can have free access.
LexisNexis Academic - contains news back to 1980 from newspapers, broadcast transcripts, wire services, blogs, and more.
View the list of newspaper databases available to OSU users. Which one would be a good place to find an article with an international left perspective on a topic.
Alternative Press Index: Notice its description matches the need expressed here.
Broadcast News Sites
Broadcast (radio and television) news is generally consumed in real time, such organizations also offer archives of news stories on their web sites. Some of their stories come from the press services (AP, Reuters), while others are provided by their own reporters.
Some examples (each containing a mix of videos and text, unless otherwise indicated) are:
NBC Learn (OSU only) - a database of news and educational videos
Visit BBC's Video area and watch their One-minute World News to get a quick update on the world's major news stories.
Social media sources such as Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking sources can be used to keep up with breaking news. Most of the news organizations noted above contribute to these outlets as well as through their broadcasts and websites. It is customary for a highly condensed announcement in this venue to lead you back to their website for more information. Social media has built an interesting link between news and activism. It has also provided an accessible place for ordinary citizens to report their own breaking news.
Blogs are also good sources for breaking news as well as commentary on current events and scholarship. Blogs are a place where reporters, who generally report news in as unbiased a manner as possible in news articles, will reveal more personal insights and opinions. Blogs are where scholars may reveal some of their initial questions and findings about a research topic before they are ready to release definitive data and conclusions on their research.
"Despite the many purely personal-focused blogs and opinionated pontificating of others, Weblogs offer access to breaking news, rumors, evaluations, and other information that might not otherwise be readily available from our traditional databases." (-Notess, "The Blog Realm")
A growing number of sites that cater to those members of the general public who want to report breaking news and submit their own photos and videos on a wide range of topics. The people who do this are often referred to as citizen journalists.
Compare the current stories on the homepage for CNN iReport and CNN. Note how the types of stories, the authors, and how they are covered differ.
You can get updates on specific topics, or a list of major headlines, regularly sent to you so you don't have to visit sites or hunt for new content on a topic.
Look for links that contain headings such as these to sign up for news feeds:
Table of Contents Alerts
What is an RSS Feed? Find out in the video below.
Visit Reuters News RSS Feeds to see a list of general and very specific topic areas for which you can sign up for alerts. Is there a topic that interests you? Consider signing up for one (or more) that interests you. Share below one that interests you by double clicking in the open space and entering: