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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
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Tue, 08-19-2014 - 8:43pm

Where do you get your news these days? 

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Avatar for elc11
Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
In reply to: elc11
Tue, 08-19-2014 - 9:29pm

Mostly from digital sources. For local news I have an iPad app for a local tv station and use the browser to access the local PBS station's website and another online-only news source that covers more political and civic types of stories. For national and international news again via the iPad, we have a tablet and computer subscription to the NY Times; and I have the app for BBC News. I also occasionally visit the Huffington Post website.

I watch the local late night tv news mainly for the weather forecast but sometimes I'll watch the entire newscast. Only occasionally do I watch the network national news or BBC World News Tonight, mainly because I'm usually busy with other things at that time.

In the car sometimes I have the radio on to the local NPR station but at the times I'm driving around the programming is usually interviews etc rather than hard news.

For micro-local news there are a couple of free community newspapers that get delivered monthly or bi-weekly, that is the only print news source I read any more. I'm also signed up with a couple of local groups online: a FB page for my neighborhood, and a site called NextDoor that is specific to sections of the larger neighborhood. Those sites tend to be more "chatter" type of sites although sometimes pertinent Crime and Safety type of info is shared...they've kind of replaced chatting over the back fence to get the neighborhood scuttlebutt I guess.

Avatar for sabrtooth
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Registered: 12-03-1999
In reply to: elc11
Tue, 08-19-2014 - 9:33pm

My Galaxie streams the most popular news feeds, from sources everywhere.  I also read the Yahoo news feeds.  Anything remotely interesting, I then go searching to find the REAL story.  And sometimes, there is NO real news reports, of the kind journalism used to pride itself on.  You remember.  The "If your mother says she loves you, CHECK IT OUT" philosophy.  So much of what passes for "news" today, is "heard it from a friend, who heard it from a friend", OR it is the opinion of some talking head, who kants the story along the lines of their politics, or that of their employer.  

Avatar for sabrtooth
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Registered: 12-03-1999
Tue, 08-19-2014 - 9:42pm

I do watch the nightly news at 10, mostly for the local news.  I look up my weather online, since Chicago is so vast, if they say it's raining, it may only be raining 30 miles away from ME.  I read my comics at GoComics.com.  I also check out the local all-news radio stations, and the local news websites.  For LOCAL local, I read the neighborhood Patch on-line.  I haven't read a paper in YEARS.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2009
In reply to: elc11
Wed, 08-20-2014 - 1:24am

On line...CBC, CTV and BBC. For weather, I go to the Environment Canada site; you can use the radar to track weather systems. I have also starting watching RT videos on Youtube.  For fun, I check out the special interest videos on CNN.

Avatar for elc11
Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
In reply to: elc11
Wed, 08-20-2014 - 2:16am

My city never had a Patch. Some of the nearby communities did but apparently they got cut earlier this year.

The one thing I miss from the newspaper is Dear Abby and the comics. I know that I can find them online but I mostly forget. 

Do you ever use wunderground for weather? That can get very local if one of your neighbors has a reporting station.

Avatar for suzyk2118
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Registered: 07-30-1997
In reply to: elc11
Wed, 08-20-2014 - 8:41am

I go to our local newspaper website, a local tv website, and then for a broader albeit sometimes prejudicial opinion, CNN while at work just to know the big picture.  I have the news on before work while I'm dressing or exercising. That's about it.

Avatar for nora_mcl
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Registered: 10-30-2011
In reply to: elc11
Wed, 08-20-2014 - 9:56am

Once again-I am the "Old Lady"-I get & read-the newspaper daily. I will look at the Yahoo news when I come on-line but it is mostly celebrity news, with a bit of American news, little Canadian news. I listen to CBC radio all day-so they have hourly news, with half-hourly headlines. And my weather I get from CBC, & the newspaper & from the internet.

I do like to watch the local TV station (an affiliate of CBC)@6pm if possible. By 10pm, I'm usually winding down & spending quality time with Mike-catching up with him. I guess it's a carry-over from when Adam, as another adult, left us little time to talk to each other. We don't get CNN & from what I've heard (or seen when we travel)-not much loss.

Nora

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Registered: 04-16-2009
In reply to: elc11
Wed, 08-20-2014 - 11:37am

Have to admit I am a news hog. I check the various on-line sites daily and, depending on a particular issue, I will investigate the issue.  The comments on a particular article may be even more enlightening but not in a good way. It is surprising how many nasty people or just down right "stupid" people post comments.

For example, the current events in Gaza sent me on a research binge to visit various sites I normally would not visit  and to watch youtube vids from both sides.  I found the coverage from the "mainline" sites either too biased or too sparse. So much of the coverage of issues are basically just the views of the journalists and/or the particular network. I wish they would just report the facts.They seem to make value judgements or comments and on how people feel.

Very funny interview I saw last year.. Wolf (from CNN) was interviewing survivors of a tornado in the US and he asked this woman if "her faith in God" is helping her deal with the loss of her home. Nope, she said. I am an atheist. You should have seen the look on the journalist's face.. what do I do know. So funny..

Avatar for elc11
Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
In reply to: elc11
Wed, 08-20-2014 - 12:15pm

Our local paper is pretty biased to support the politcal views and business aspirations of the owner, who is a local developer/hotel owner. And after he bought it the world news dropped off significantly. It was a lot of money to pay to stay uninformed so we cancelled it. 

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2009
Wed, 08-20-2014 - 12:50pm

Yea, we did the same with our local paper. I also stopped getting our "national" English newspaper-The Globe and Mail. They were publishing very biased articles against my kids' university.

It is getting the point that it is hard to tell what is the actually truth and the facts.

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