Selected Sources for News
Tuesday, 2nd November 2010
DocuTicker editors contribute brief articles
to FUMSI on conducting research with grey literature - reports from government
agencies, think tanks, research institutes and public interest organisations.
In my work as a contributing editor for DocuTicker,
I research publicly available reports on a number of global topics.
Here are some of my favourite resources for News:
to News Sources
FreePint has recently been surveying its readership regarding their
use of news sources, this seems an appropriate time to highlight some
favourites in this area.
of the fascinating developments that the Internet has brought about
is an interpenetration of media, so that ‘newspaper' websites are
now commonly a blend of text, pictures, audio and video. And, as part
of the effort to maintain their relevance, they commonly provide
regular updates to stories or add fresh ones, so that a web-based
newspaper comes to resemble a rolling TV news channel. In the UK, the
some of the best examples of these features, with good coverage of
domestic and international stories. As with many other newspapers
now, journalists also blog on the site, providing extra information
and commentary that does not feature in the actual paper. Unlike the
Times (still largely out on its own in this respect), its content is
not hidden behind a paywall.
is not all - the site also provides a valuable World
News Guide that gives links to major newspapers and
governmental outlets in all regions of the world, in turn broken down
a similar vein, based on journalists Dan Miller and Jim Broderick's
book ‘Consider the Source', The
Newshole gives links to 100 sources. The page is a
straightforward list of alphabetical logos, thus very clean and
straightforward to use. These are mainly American, including papers
like the New York Times
and San Francisco Chronicle,
as well as the major broadcast networks. There are also more
obviously politically partisan sources like Rush
Limbaugh and Mother
Jones, although these can still be useful as a way of
understanding how issues are being debated and perceived in America.
Among the key non-US sources included here are Agence
France Presse, Al
Jazeera, Sydney Morning
Herald and The
Times of India).
this international approach, a number of other sites present enormous
collections of links to news outlets from all over the world. Some
key examples are:
is worth comparing the coverage of these sites, especially if you
have an interest in a particular region or country. For example,
while Newspaper Country offers 13 Chinese newspapers,
Newspaper Index presents 10 and Online Newspapers 41.
But unlike the other two, Newspaper Index does not indicate
which language a source is in, while the others take care to indicate
if their links are to publications in the English language or another
are also other differences which may be found significant, for
Newspapers also offers a variety of categorised magazines. In
the context of this article, probably the most useful one is Current
Affairs, Culture and Politics.
Paper Boy, after free registration, gives limited access to
which allows readers to view the day's front pages from a wide
variety of publications. (There is also a paid subscription facility
to enable access to all of their content.)
can organise the countries listed by many languages, including
Russian. However the titles themselves (and the content) remains in
the original language, so this is not a great advantage.
some ways Kidon Media Link stands apart, as it is a mixture of
news media, including newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations.
Applying the ‘China Test', it currently claims 334 news sources!
A useful touch here is that these are broken down by City and
Province, besides indicating the relevant language or languages of
following up various links from all of the above, it becomes apparent
that the ostensible number of outlets offered is not quite so great.
Some links no longer work, have been hijacked, or are not in fact in
the language claimed. Additionally, one has to consider what is a
practical number of sources to monitor, although of course where
available an RSS facility can help with this task. Given the
variations in coverage, the best solution would appear to be to comb
each of these aggregators and create your own collection according to
need and interest.
help libraries can provide in keeping up with the news should also
not be disregarded. The Special Libraries Association (SLA) has its
News Archives. (NB On this same page are links to
specifically US, Asian and Canadian archives.) Especially useful
here, as the name suggests, is the fact that for each publication the
extent of the online archive is given, coupled with other useful
notes like whether registration is required. It is not perfect,
however; e.g. the notes on the UK's Financial Times omit to mention
the need to register to access any substantial content, and the paid
subscription necessary for unlimited access.
most public libraries, at least in the UK and America, give their
members free access to newspaper databases. Here are examples from
Essex County Libraries
in the UK and the New
York Public Library. These databases often do not present
newspapers as published, but rather the plain text of all the
substantial content. So as a rule there are no photographs; also,
they may lag a few hours if not a whole day behind before they are
updated. On the other hand they are searchable in various ways, have
archives of over 10 years' extent, and library licences usually
mean that their members enjoy remote access. You just need to
register with your local library.
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About this item:
By Adrian Janes
Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.
A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.
Adrian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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