A few protips for news n00bs:
- Find and follow 3 relatively impartial sources. I suggest the AP, Reuters, and NPR. This should cover most major occurrences nationally and internationally, and you can compare and contrast details between stories.
- Find and follow a local news source or two, like your local newspaper, radio stations, and/or TV stations. Be aware of their owners and biases. (For example, is your local news station a Sinclair station?)
- Don’t rely on social media for your news, and be suspicious of anything you read on social media. Social media algorithms limit what you see based on what you interact with, which limits your exposure to ideas. Also, news on social media is optimized for click throughs and engagement, which means it’s usually the stuff that’ll piss you off, or banal news presented in such a way as to piss you off.
- I suggest getting an RSS reader (I use Old Reader currently, but Feedly is also good, and both are free) and following your news sources via RSS feed.
- Think critically about the news you read! Recognize that the news will often get things wrong at first, especially during breaking news events. The shame isn’t in getting something wrong, it’s in not correcting it when new information comes to light.
- Also read my blog post, “*Citation Needed.“
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