Some Recommended News and Information Sources

Update: March 8, 2018

A newly discovered media source for me is a website called The Knife.   This is a novel website in that it scores specific media bias on both an article and overall publication basis.    This is done by AI systems evaluating content, searching for buzz or trip words that show a slant one way or the other, and also cross comparing content with other sources.    This method is also used to strip out biased content from coverage and merge multiple sources and provide created articles based on just the facts of the topic.   As mentioned this is all done utilizing AI based systems.    It’s an interesting concept and one worth reading and following to see if it can live up to its claim.   The description from their website summarizes their objectives.

” The Knife Media is a digital news outlet that offers news without spin and rates media outlets for their level of bias.

Founded in 2014, the company has developed a process based on scientific standards that detects spin, bias and other distortions in the news. Using this proprietary method, it offers its readers top world and U.S. news stories without the sensationalism, bias and polarized opinions common in the media today. The Knife has also developed a rating system that measures the level of objectivity of any news article, helping readers proactively choose the standard of news they wish to consume.”

 


Original Post:

I had initially written a lengthy commentary on the state of news and journalism, but realized we all know there is much manure being produced these days, so why expound on that.   What most people ask me is simply what I read and where do I go for news and information.  Below are my current most often visited sources.   I also included at the end of this article,  lists from Forbes, Toptenz, and Marketwatch.

I have completely weened myself off all cable news (all three of the big names).    I recommend to family and friends to just say no as well.   They have become intelligence killers.   The exception to this is live disaster coverage, CNN and FOX tend to cover these pretty well.

The print and online sources sited below have shown over the years to provide more fact than fiction and a depth of discussion that allow you to sink your teeth into the covered material and reach your own insights on the topic at hand.

Print (Online and Hardcopy)

  • BBC – I keep coming back to them through the years.    I tend to read with the app on my phone.    Pretty good US and International summaries without the extra punditry.
  • WIRED – Read this magazine for years to provide a quick monthly assessment of what is happening in the technology world.
  • MIT Technology Review – This is always a terrific source to know what is happening out on the fringes of technology development.
  • Foreign Affairs – Detailed investigative analysis of specific international issues.
  • Fast Company – A more youth focused magazine about what some innovative companies are doing in the world today.
  • Wall Street Journal – Always a reputable source of business news.   Recently expanding into non business related news as well.
  • New York Times – If you stay away from the opinion pages the New York Times is an excellent place for some very comprehensive investigative articles.    I will pick up a copy of the Sunday NYT when I have a Sunday morning to sit and read for a couple of hours.
  • The Economist – I remember the surprise the first time I read The Economist.    Despite it’s name, it provides very in depth articles on a range of topics, not just global economics.    Pick one up, it will surprise you.
  • Motley Fool – Investment advice.
  • Intelligence Report – Conservative Investment advice
  • Politico – Find myself reading articles from these folks more and more as of late.   The is primarily because so many other news sources are referencing their articles.

 


Recommendations from Forbes, Toptenz, and MarketWatch


FORBES

A recent article in Forbes says these publications are still benchmarks.

  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • The Washington Post
  • BBC
  • The Economist
  • The New Yorker
  • Wire Services: Associated Press, Reuters, & Bloomberg
  • Foreign Affairs
  • The Atlantic
  • Poltico

Toptenz.net

  • Wall Street Journal
  • New York Times
  • BBC
  • NPR
  • Snopes
  • Reuters
  • The Economist
  • PBS
  • C-Span
  • The Associated Press

MarketWatch

  • Christian Science Monitor
  • NPR
  • BBC
  • The Washington Post
  • The New York Times
  • ABC News
  • CBS News
  • NBC News
  • Associated Press
  • Reuters