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Old 07-06-2013, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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I also broke down and made a twitter account for breaking news. News travels faster on social media, and you can hear about it before CNN or whatever large news co. gets a detailed article up on their site. Twitter's actually a great place to hear about things, ......Alternative news media is great.
Now THAT is brilliant.

Could you let me know some twits you follow? Do you have twit suggestions for local news?
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:51 PM
 
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Now THAT is brilliant.

Could you let me know some twits you follow? Do you have twit suggestions for local news?
Twitter has a trends box on the left side. You can customize it by country or major city. So if you want more local news, I bet Washington is probably listed. It changes every few minutes, and will list the most popular topic or hashtag for that geographical area. There are websites that track trends by location. Real-time local Twitter trends - Trendsmap

I live in the Midwest, so I'm not sure about D.C. news to follow. Search for a favorite local journalist, blogger, talk radio station/person, online local magazine or newspaper (I bet D.C. has tons), politician, activist, government official, non-profit, etc. You can look at their follow list too, and see who they like for ideas.

https://twitter.com/myfoxdc
https://twitter.com/postlocal WaPo's local twitter
https://twitter.com/DC_Best D.C. dining, events, etc
https://twitter.com/washbizonline Washington business journal
https://twitter.com/BreakingNews
https://twitter.com/BBCBreaking
https://twitter.com/ReutersLive only active for breaking news events

You can customize to your interests. So if you're big into the art world, sports world, activism, etc, there's someone good to follow out there. I follow a lot of Ohio, geography, and environmental/nature accounts.

Sometimes I follow an account only for a short while because they tweet constantly and clutter up my TL.

Interesting people can be fun to follow. I like Anthony Bourdain, Ricky Gervais, Neil Degrasse Tyson, and Diane Sawyer. It doesn't all have to be about news.

I like to keep my follow count as low as possible b/c your TL will grow so long you won't have time to sift through all the info. So maybe only follow one local news account instead of five, because there will be a lot of repeat info.

Interesting article: Is Wikipedia Better for Breaking News Than Twitter? - US News and World Report

Another interesting site. I don't use it, but someone reading this might like the idea Muck Rack - Journalists on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and social media
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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Thanks for the great response - can't rep you
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Way up north :-)
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Another vote for RT.com here. Since moving to the U.S. I've become extremely critical of mainstream media (from any country). I find RT balanced and objective. It's probably in the same league as Al Jazeera and BBC but I don't look at them very often. A news site encouraging critical thought and discussion on any topic as opposed to trying to tell you what you should think is always refreshing.
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:16 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay
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can make a personalized Netvibes with each of several tabbed pages, with each tab corresponding to a different category of news/blogs - by region, topic, conservative, liberal, etc . Each tabbed page can have headlines from a dozen or more news sources.
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Sunbelt
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Second vote for Al Jazeera here.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:13 PM
 
Location: OC, CA
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Second vote for Al Jazeera here.
It's funny when I say AJ people look at me like I am jihadi. People are ignorant.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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NewsNow

Tens of thousands of sources. Numerous categories. Searchable. Automatic Updates. I have received news there before it appears on Drudge.

I usually start in the USA feed.

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Old 07-24-2013, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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NewsNow

Tens of thousands of sources. Numerous categories. Searchable. Automatic Updates. I have received news there before it appears on Drudge.

I usually start in the USA feed.

I like it- it looks so '80's
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Chesapeake Bay
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With virtually all the newspapers I used to read online now charge access fees (WaPo, LA Times, etc) Where do you get your news for free?

I don't want to read a rag paper that solely prints their side.

Looking for balanced info from reporters/bloggers, not copy editors sent out with iphones to cover stuff cheap.

Its hard to find local news too. Do you have ideas about local news sources?

Thanks for your ideas!
Use an Ipad.
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