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@Norma - a couple of years back, I learned about a chemical spill in Canada because it was being reported in Europe. Do you find that Canadian news outlets have a similar approach to news as the US? More commentary on the same story stretched all day vs. uncovering and covering many news stories.

@Fiorina - in the post I linked to about mobile apps, you will find many that are free, in case that is a consideration. It's early days, the apps will improve, too.

@Sam - your comment about world burning down while you're in a meeting gave me a chuckle. Many meetings in faculty, and in corp America. People did underestimate Twitter. Its ease of use is the very reason people share so much on the network. And since links had already been invented, the character limitation is not a deterrent. I do like Mother Jones, good call on that. Online I read Ode magazine that gives me a different perspective on world issues.

@Ed - wow, this is great. Thank you. I like how you broke down your sources with pros and cons to give us a better idea of why something works for you, or not. In a recent Twitter chat we asked the question of how critical thinking as a goal was tackled outside the US. It's important to continue to keep an open mind about different realities and I'm grateful you've outlined yours here.

Most of my news come from online sources like you. I'm going to state some recent examples here.

1. Thailand Protest
Source: News Website, Blogs, Facebook & Twitter
Pro: Immediate news availability, sometimes by the minute. Sense of reality rather than just a story. Especially for Twitter, pictures readily available with apps like Twitpic. By the time the print media delivers the story, it's outdated. Warnings regarding attacks on media personnel was first issued via Twitter.
Con: Bulk of online feeds written in personal observation and contexts, occasionally you see some of them getting judgemental instead of a factual report.

2. World Expo, Shanghai
Source: News Website & Blogs
Pro: First hand account of expo by visitors, without the hardcore marketing contents compared to summaries in print media.
Con: Information on higher profile meetings usually not available if you're not on the official media invite list. The journalists usually get access, not the average bloggers.

3. Domestic Affairs
Source: News Website and Blogs
Pro: Authentic opinions and news, some of which are prevented from publication in local print media controlled by Govt. Also analysis of my country's progress which are sometimes deemed unworthy of mention or reflects badly on the country in local print media. Online is the best way to seek them out.
Con: Sometimes sensationalized by those who do not truly understands the situations and various cultures.

4. Breaking News
Pro: Always on time, always on target. Especially in a country that buys reports heavily from other agencies instead of venturing out with own journalists. (I don't see any real journalism here.)
Con: Can't think of any at the moment.


Digital is still my pick for the time being. 60 pages of newspaper with half stuffed with advertisement is vastly different from 60 feeds with enormous information.

I was trained as a print journalist and worked in newspapers for two years (not counting college paper) before going back to grad school and eventually the world of faculty.

What was once unbelievable is now true: I read no print newspaper except Tech's college paper. It's all online. I rely heavily upon Twitter to point out things that I would never see. The N.Y. Times is my most regular outlet after (just to make sure the world has not burned down while I was in a meeting).

Along your thoughts, Twitter often points me to international sources that I otherwise wouldn't see. To me, this is one of its greatest values. The BBC is especially loved.

In print, I also subscribe to Mother Jones magazine to see stories I wouldn't otherwise see in the mainstream press. I am delighted (and often subsequently angered at some facet of the world) as each issue arrives.

Thank you for the thought-provoking piece!

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