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How Do You Get Your News?

abasketabasket 19204 replies855 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
Taking off on the morning show thread (which I never watch) I'm wondering how people get their news/current events. These are the main options I'm thinking:
Morning Television News
Evening Television News
Hard Copy Newspaper
Social Media (Twitter, FB, Instagram)
Internet websites (CNN, Newspaper Websites, etc.)

What am I missing?

For me, my news source breakdown:
0% Morning Television News
5% Evening Television News
0% Radio
15% Hard Copy Newspaper
50% Social Media (Twitter, FB, Instagram)
25% Internet websites (CNN, Newspaper Websites, etc.)
5% Podcasts
Now some of these options are how I discover news - I often will then take a deeper dive for things I'm interested in.
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  • HarrietMWelschHarrietMWelsch 2481 replies31 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    0% TV news of any kind
    20% hard copy newspaper
    20% newspaper websites
    2% social media - but that really just drives me to look things up on real sites (to discover news, as @abasket says)
    8% magazines (more for the deep dives)
    50% radio news (primarily NPR and its local affiliate)
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  • FlyMeToTheMoonFlyMeToTheMoon 2978 replies45 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Morning news TV (local and network)
    Local daily newspaper (hard copy, online, and their Facebook page)
    Husband (he gets regular updates online)
    Daughters (they follow twitter and alert me to the big breaking news stories, such as the Notre Dame fire)

    For the most part, I don’t want to keep up with the National and world news anymore. 😱
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  • FlyMeToTheMoonFlyMeToTheMoon 2978 replies45 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I forgot the big one...podcasts.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 7004 replies50 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    100% online news outlets - I go to BBC first, then CNN.
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  • patsmompatsmom 4195 replies505 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I usually watch the local news and network news while cooking dinner and local news again at 11 PM (different channel). I also read a hard copy local newspaper along with the WSJ but I check in online to both of those during the day, along with both CNN and Fox News websites.

    No social media news, radio news, magazines or podcasts.
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  • VeryHappyVeryHappy 18484 replies324 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Do I really have to do %s??

    I read the email I get every AM around 6:00 from the New York Times, called The Daily Briefing. We also get the NYT delivered every day (DH is from the juracic period) and browse through some of the non-news sections.

    I often watch the morning news shows on cable.

    I have CNN.com on my computer all day, every day, and go there every few hours. (I also use that site to check how the markets are doing throughout the day.)

    And I watch several cable news shows in the later afternoon and evening, plus the PBS News Hour most days.

    Some days I get too much news, especially when it's particularly crazy and upsetting, so I just turn it all off.
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  • milgymfammilgymfam 767 replies14 threadsRegistered User Member
    I will browse the news app on my phone once a day, I can’t avoid the news posted on FB- which often leads to deeper google dives for accuracy and balance, and I watch Last Week Tonight, which has taught me a number of things over the years even though I know it’s a comedy show.
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  • dcolosidcolosi 527 replies23 threadsRegistered User Member
    A variety of sources but I primarily get local news from radio/social media/local tv news. For national and world news then it is mainly radio and then I will browse different news websites. I try to look at opposing sites to see their take on things and then I will also check out Reuters and AP as well.
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  • momo2x2018momo2x2018 830 replies49 threadsRegistered User Member
    To clarify, what do you mean by 'news'? Daily happenings or other types of news that might have made the nightly news the day it happened, but is now a Dateline show?

    For my daily news:
    20% Evening Television News
    30% Hard Copy Newspaper
    50% Internet websites (CNN, Newspaper Websites, etc.)

    Other 'news"

    I watch 60 minutes many weeks
    I watch Dateline periodically
    I listen to Podcasts which I find informative, but not traditional news podcasts
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  • abasketabasket 19204 replies855 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I described the topic as being "news/current events" - so that could mean political news, entertainment news, weather news, etc. So everything from big happenings in Washington to which chicken sandwich is better :) (which was a big current event/media controversy this week).

    No you don't have to list %. :) My mind likes structuring that way. Also for me it showed the mediums I don't use at all.

    I was curious to know how many people still watch local/national news on tv - especially outside of morning shows.
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  • shellfellshellfell 3304 replies11 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    We're sorta news junkies, so we watch morning and evening news on TV (altho rarely paying full attention), some cable news shows, newspapers (digital editions) and their online updates. DH is also on Twitter alot; I'm not.
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  • bajammbajamm 1631 replies19 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I am up before anyone else, so I watch the CBS morning news uninterrupted by anything but the cats and whatever I am reading online while the TV is on.

    Here on the west coast my local stations gives us ABC national news at 5:30 pm and CBS or NBC national news at 6:30. H watches both. I zone out by making dinner and igorning it while I eat and catch up on line. I hate paying attention to the TV news with H. He yells at the TV and has a running commentary.

    I also get CNN headlines in my email and on FB, so get breaking news through out the day.
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  • HouseChatteHouseChatte 651 replies1 threadsRegistered User Member
    No TV of any kind here. We have online subscriptions to NYT and our local paper. I drop in on the sites for local network affiliates here and where our two kids live (creepy stalker mom). If something comes in on my Facebook feed I'll use it as a starting point to check elsewhere. Husband listens to NPR on his commute. Kids sometimes send me things.

    I'm guilty of sending my kids cool-things-I-read-online, the equivalent of the newspaper clippings some moms used to mail. They're usually in the form of human interest ("Is this your alpaca?" to our son in third-story walkup apartment when his local station said animal control found one) or NYT Science articles (anyone else stunned at just how FAR maggots jump???).

    @VeryHappy I thought first line in your post contained profanity with the %s??, I feel that way about the news a lot!! :smile:
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  • WellspringWellspring 1502 replies9 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I get the local paper and the New York Times delivered every day and read both cover to cover. I check the Weather Channel app if there's weather brewing. I'll check the nyt website occasionally during the day. I watch opinion tv in the evening (guess which side.). I haven't watched morning news since 9/11. I no longer watch any local news on tv but will sometimes check a local news website.
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  • mathmommathmom 32261 replies159 threadsRegistered User Senior Member

    No idea of percentages.

    For me, my news source breakdown:
    0% Morning Television News
    0% Evening Television News
    Radio - varies, I rarely listen to it when I am working, but NPR is on in the car, and I generally listen to All Things Considered, and another hour or so when we are cleaning up after dinner. And of course Wait, wait don't Tell me on the weekend. :)
    Hard Copy Newspaper - I read the paper version local paper every day. (Gannett) New York Times on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I very occasionally read parts of the NYT during the week - usually thanks to FB
    Social Media (Twitter, FB, Instagram) I don't use Instagram for news, only read Twitter via links from FB. I see some news on FB, and often read more in-depth stories from the Guardian and The Atlantic thanks to FB.
    Internet websites (CNN, Newspaper Websites, etc.) I don't go looking for this stuff. I only see what my friends link
    0% Podcasts
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  • emilybeeemilybee 13143 replies35 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited August 21
    I read WaPo and NYT online every morning.

    I listen to NPR in the car.

    I watch PBS NewsHour while making dinner (on nights I cook.)

    I listen to a ton of podcasts but none are news ones.

    edited August 21
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  • TatinGTatinG 6380 replies113 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    The only time I watch network or cable TV news is if there is something big happening live. (Like 9-11 or the Notre Dame fire).
    Otherwise, I read online news sources and listen to local radio.
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  • 4kids4us4kids4us 626 replies4 threadsRegistered User Member
    No idea the breakdown:

    Read the Washington Post and my local paper online daily (prefer hard copy but delivery person was so unreliable I had to cancel)

    DC local news on TV in background while starting my day and while making dinner

    We record the CBS Evening News every night but probably only watch it about 4x per week

    I find out a lot of breaking news or pop culture stuff on social media. I rarely go to CNN or other news outlets online

    Due to the nature of dh’s job, he gets alerts on his phone from a variety of sources for any breaking news so sometimes he then alerts me and I’ll go online or turn on TV for more info.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 77784 replies678 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Mostly on the web, but it is important to take care to know what is news versus opinion, with the latter being much less reliable and often intentionally misleading or false. Also, within what is news, what is reliable and carefully researched, versus breaking news where the reported information is incomplete, or sometimes just incorrect due to the speed at which it is passed around (like the "game of telephone").

    Social media is basically all opinion of the one sharing it, and most shares are from "news" sources that heavily inject opinion into their news stories, so it may only be useful to let you know that some news may exist, rather than give a reliable news story.

    Television news is usually overhyped and sensationalized, and the three main national cable news networks tend to inject opinions and opinionated guest speakers into the broadcast, so reliability can be poor. News articles that you read on their own web sites are often much better, although they may not be as high quality as from other news sources.

    Many print newspapers stick to the traditional broadsheet model of having editorials and opinions in a separate section, making it easy to know what you are reading, though quality of news reporting does vary. Their web sites tend to reflect their print versions, but the "editorial" or "opinion" notation for such pieces may be less obvious than in the print version.

    https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/ can be helpful in getting an idea of the general political leaning of a media source.
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  • MomofWildChildMomofWildChild 22652 replies191 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I read the local paper in the mornings while I eat my breakfast and also get Twitter feed from the local paper. I get the WSJ every day. I get a lot of news from Twitter in general. I watch cable news while I'm on my treadmill in the evening after work and also listen to it in the car to and from work until I get depressed and put on music.
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