I’ve become a bit of a news junkie in the past year. It started with writing for a political blog and now I’m working as a online news producer in TV.
Over those 12 months I’ve learned some great resources for news updates. I thought I’d share some of my favorites places to go for news, especially for those of us who will live and die with an iPhone (or Android) in their hand.
1. Breaking News
For getting the latest updates on news stories around the world, Breaking News is hard to beat. They started as a Twitter feed only, have expanded to a great app, and are also online. While owned by NBC, Breaking News sources information from outlets regardless of ownership.
Not only do they cover a lot of content and focus on mobile, but they live up to their name in often being the first to break news, without making mistakes. This past week, as big news story broke and developed around the country, Breaking News was one of the few outlets that didn’t print miscommunication.
Circa is an app very similar to Apply, which was created by a teenager and recently sold for a ridiculous amount of money. The people behind Circa break down stories into short, consumable nuggets of information. This is a great place to catch up on the latest news while waiting in line at the grocery store or riding the bus. Through the app you can also choose to follow a story to get updates.
3. Next Draft
Next Draft is actually an email service. It doesn’t break the news, but author Dave Pell gives great overviews of trends in news stories and manages to work in a good dose of humor (which isn’t easy to do day after day). You can just read the nuggets in his emails or click links to read full stories. This is a great way to keep track of trends in news coverage and consumption.
Twitter is by far my utilized news source. I follow quite a few people and see a lot of information over the course of a day. I use Twitter as a starting point. I see a tweet and then seek out confirmation elsewhere. I prefer to look for other sources on “breaking” news. Just as we saw last week, particularly with Boston, many people rush to share information to be first and sometimes accuracy is compromised. But Twitter is still a place that people share great information and articles/videos/photos.
That’s just a quick overview of my tried and true resources that I use day-in and day-out. Am I missing anything amazing? What resources do you love?