Despite a growing number of news sources and easy and free access to what goes on in the world, far too many people these days get their news from Facebook, alt-right publications online, and believe that the Weekly World News tabloid is The World’s Only Reliable News (the one from Men In Black). Good news sources are available. Here is what I use.
News Is Free
Most news sources these days are free. Yes, there is plenty of regurgitation in newspapers, and on radio and TV news. News from online has even more variety, so let me start there. My recommendation to anyone who wants good news sources is to stay diverse and not get caught up in an echo chamber of misrepresented news.
For iPhone and iPad, news sources are everywhere so choose your poison carefully. Apple’s own News application is an excellent source for variety, easily scanned and with a measure of customization. For similar reasons I recommend Flipboard. There is a version Flipboard for Safari users on the Mac. What you get either way is quick and easy access to a variety of news, perspective, and sources.
I keep CNN and Fox News on my iPhone and iPad, along with half a dozen others that suit my current events junkie status. But, it’s one thing to flip through Apple’s News application or the Flipboard app, and something else to organize, categorize, and maintain a list of articles to be read at a more appropriate time.
For that I use both Pocket and Instapaper; two popular read later applications. iOS extensions, specifically the Share button, make it drop dead easy to roll through Flipboard or the News app for headlines, then save the article in other applications or share with friends, family, or co-workers with little more than a tap.
I use Pocket for personal reading and Instapaper for business articles and news.
What about the Mac? Instapaper lives as a Safari extension with the Share button option. There’s also a Pocket app on the Mac App Store which works with the Share extension option. After devoting some time and effort to various RSS news readers I ended up with News Explorer because it synchronizes RSS subscriptions between Mac, iPhone, iPad, and even Apple TV.
Of the aforementioned news applications, only News Explorer comes with a price tag; one which I consider nominal considering the amount of time it saves. However, if you’re on a budget and both News and Flipboard, plus Instapaper and Pocket work for you, great. Open the Mac App Store and search for “rss” and you’ll get a few dozen worthy RSS readers, most of which work the same way, some of which are free to almost free, and others which have worthy iOS counterparts.
The world circa 2018 is awash in news; fake to factual and everywhere in between, so now more than ever you need a variety of options to give you a more clear picture of what is happening on planet earth because reality varies outside of Facebook.