News on the Web, A Beginner's Guide

I am often surprised by how many Gen Xers don't use the internet for news, especially when they lament about not having time for news.  I've had many  conversations with friends who know news is available on the internet, but beyond following some FB links--if they are on FB, and forget about Twitter--they don't know where to go. They either go without a news fix, put TV or radio on in the background, or focus on one area of news, usually their area of professional expertise, because they know where to find that information. 

The web is full of news outfits that give broad overviews that one can digest over a cup of coffee--or tea if you prefer to be soothed while reading. These are my bare bones recommendations. 

To start, I suggest subscribing to The Transom* and WSJ's Best of the Web.  The Transom arrives with your morning coffee, and the BotW arrives around mid afternoon.  Both cover economics, politics, and culture and take about 10-15 minutes to read.  They are both worth the subscription, but you can go to BotW each afternoon if you don't want a WSJ subscription.   For the news sites and blogs, I suggest a bookmarks tab that opens the news sites and the blogs with one click. (Check the "Auto-Click" box in your bookmarks manager.)  You can skim all the front pages in another 10-15 minutes and click through for more information at your leisure.  (Stop laughing.  Leisure happens. Sometimes, maybe occasionally…) 
  • PJ Media  The first really successful bloggers created a media company which has grown in stature and influence.  If you want to get into news on the web, this is where most of the bigs may be found.  I've linked to the main site, but as you will see, there are links out to all areas of the web. (And as of June 2012, yours truly writes for their Lifestyle page.)
  • Ricochet  A group blog of experts of all sorts--politics, art, law.  It is less daily news and more discussion forum for current news.  You must be a member to comment but can lurk for free.  
  • The Daily Mail   Sensational British journalism, in the overly dramatic sense not in the quality sense, but if you look past the drama of it all, DM does decent news. Many of my London friends like to skim the news here.  
  • Real Clear Politics  An article aggregator, the politics site is its main site, but scroll down for articles on market, religion, science, history, tech, and sports.
  • Instapundit* Insty one of the biggest one-man bloggers on the web.  To get into news blogs, Instapundit is a great start.  
I am conservative, so these sites tend to center to right.  There are similar sites for the left. I get Slate's newsletter, The Slatest.  Huffington Post is more Daily Mail than PJ Media, but it is probably the biggest excluding websites of the traditional media like the BBC, CNN, NYT or Newsweek, known online as The Daily Beast.   

*Though I don't always hat-tip due to Twitter's character limits, probably a third of the articles I tweet I found through Instapundit or The Transom. As someone recently wrote about The Transom "Domenech is the research assistant you need at the price you can't beat."




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