What is your main source of news?

December 24, 2016
  • 1. TV
  • 2. Radio
  • 3. Print Newspapers
  • 4. Online News Websites
  • 5. Social Media
  • 6. News Aggregators
  • 7. Magazines
  • 8. Podcasts
  • 9. Newsletter Subscriptions
  • 10. Community or Alternative News
  • 11. YouTube and Video Platforms

Ah, news—everyone’s favorite topic at the dinner table, especially when Uncle Joe starts ranting about conspiracy theories. But, let’s face it: the way we consume news has evolved over the years, transitioning from our grandparents’ newspaper to our parents’ prime-time news, and now to a smorgasbord of options. With so many options available today, which source do you mainly trust?

The OG: TV News

Television has long been the cornerstone of news consumption. The sense of immediacy that live broadcasting provides is hard to replicate. Walter Cronkite, the most trusted man in America, once said, “Television is democracy at its ugliest.” Indeed, the power of TV to bring news straight into our living rooms allows for immediate public judgment.

Why Choose TV News?

  • Live updates and special reports.
  • Visuals can provide a fuller story.
  • Well-established and reputable broadcasters.

The “I Still Listen to CDs” Source: Radio

For the folks who love to be informed but don’t want to be tied down to a screen, radio is the classic go-to. It offers a unique auditory experience that engages the imagination. As National Public Radio’s Scott Simon puts it, “Good radio should be intimate, beautiful, and as effortlessly as a morning coffee.”

Why Choose Radio?

  • Convenient and accessible.
  • Podcast-style talk shows give depth to stories.
  • Commute-friendly: you can tune in while driving.

The Granddaddy: Print Newspapers

Nothing beats flipping through a good ol’ newspaper for the tactile people among us. Even Warren Buffett says, “Newspapers continue to reign supreme in the delivery of local news.” And he’s a billionaire, so he’s got to know something, right?

Why Choose Newspapers?

  • A rich source of in-depth local news.
  • Physical interaction, like crossword puzzles and comics.
  • No clickbait. What you see is what you get.

The New Age Maestro: Online News Websites

Who among us hasn’t gone down a rabbit hole of news stories only to realize three hours have passed? With the advent of digital media, online news websites are a buffet of information.

Why Choose Online News Websites?

  • Instant access to breaking stories worldwide.
  • Interactive features, like opinion polls and quizzes.
  • Easy to share articles, which makes you look smart on social media.

The Fast Food of News: Social Media

Hashtag trends and viral stories often start on social media platforms. Malcolm Gladwell once observed that social media is a tool that helps “join the choir to sing in the chorus,” effectively transforming news into a social activity.

Why Choose Social Media?

  • Get news tailored to your interests.
  • Real-time, user-generated content.
  • Social sharing and discussions.

The Curator: News Aggregators

If you’re the type who likes to take a ‘sampler platter’ approach to news, news aggregators like Feedly or Flipboard are for you. As journalist Ezra Klein notes, “Aggregators push the content economy toward quality.”

Why Choose News Aggregators?

  • Customizable news feeds.
  • Variety of sources in one place.
  • Cuts through the clutter of the digital world.

The Glossy Option: Magazines

Magazines like Time or The Atlantic provide in-depth analyses that give readers a deeper understanding of the world. Oprah Winfrey once said, “Magazines are an art form meant to be savored.”

Why Choose Magazines?

  • Long-form journalism and thought pieces.
  • Photography and artwork that enrich stories.
  • Physical and digital options available.

Talk, Don’t Just Read: Podcasts

Podcasts are the millennials’ radio. It’s storytelling in its most intimate form, offering a range of perspectives. As podcaster Sarah Koenig puts it, “The podcast is a form for people who think hard and like to listen.”

Why Choose Podcasts?

  • Portable and convenient.
  • Offers depth and nuance.
  • Genres cover news, true crime, comedy, and more.

The Email Enthusiast: Newsletter Subscriptions

For those who love a neatly organized inbox, newsletters can be a godsend. CNN’s Brian Stelter believes, “A newsletter is a bond—a promise.”

Why Choose Newsletters?

  • Curated information sent directly to your inbox.
  • Exclusive content and insights.
  • Zero effort required once you subscribe.

The Underdog: Community or Alternative News

Sometimes the major outlets overlook the stories that matter to you most. Enter community or alternative news sources.

Why Choose Community News?

  • Local stories that may not appear elsewhere.
  • Authentic perspectives.
  • Community engagement and activism.

The Vlogger’s Paradise: YouTube and Video Platforms

As YouTube continues to evolve, it’s not just for cat videos anymore. If you’re looking for video essays or news shows, this is your arena.

Why Choose YouTube?

  • Engaging, visually stimulating formats.
  • Community of independent creators.
  • Long-form videos for in-depth understanding.

So there you have it, folks! The news landscape has never been more diverse, offering something for every appetite. The next time you find yourself at a family gathering and Uncle Joe starts going off about his latest conspiracy theory, you’ll have an arsenal of news sources to counter his claims politely—or just change the subject to something less contentious, like politics.

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