I’ve always been a tad surprised when people asked me where I got my news — I doubted that I could offer anything particularly revelatory or unusual. That’s because, even though I work in the journalism industry and spend a lot of time reading about world happenings of all sorts, I’m still a bit of a low-risk consumer of the news. I hate the idea of wasting my time on shoddy writing or reporting and try to only read pieces that are likely to be good (and by good I mean well-researched, well-written, interesting, revelatory, and, duh, accurate…) And I used to think that most people already knew what was good because, well, I often make the mistake of assuming that most people think like me.
Obviously, that is not the case. There is a lot of bad journalism floating around. Even more disturbingly, there is a lot of fake journalism floating around that people believe is real. There are also publications that I lean towards through my own preferences but you may not. Everyone’s reading habits reveal just a little bit about her and we should all be constantly talking to others about where they’re getting their news to see if we are missing something amazing. If we are what we read (or otherwise consume), it’s pretty damn important for us to read as many accurate and insightful things as possible. We need things that make us think. Learn. See something in a different way.
This is my list of online and print publications that help me stay informed about the world, in all of its many dimensions. What’s yours?
- The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, Le Monde (for those of you who speak French), The Sydney Morning Herald. If you are not at least skimming the headlines of these news bastions, you are not reading the news.
- For longform pieces and various forms of literary nonfiction, I like The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Quartz, Narratively. This is where you go for both great writing and great stories.
- Culture, culture! Variety (film, TV), New York Magazine (everything culture!), Refinery29 (fashion, entertainment, some news), Vogue (fashion), Elle (fashion), Marie Claire (more fashion), Entertainment Weekly (movies, tv, entertainment), Playbill (theatre), Serious Eats (food), Eater (more food), and The Hollywood Reporter (movies, celebrities) all offer various cultural coverage in all of its many forms.
- Because I am a hometown girl, I keep up with The Vancouver Sun and The Province. It was, of course, better when they were not owned by the same company.
- Your own local paper! Wherever you live, you should keep up with what’s happening in your hometown.
- Buzzfeed and Mic, with a MAJOR grain of salt. These new media publications will occasionally scoop a major story, but are also known for sensational headlines and fuzzy publishing standards.
- For political news, Maclean’s (Canada) as well as Politico and Slate (USA). They consistently keep track of the government happenings you miss.
- To keep up with the economy, read The Economist, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal.
- Whatever your side of the political spectrum, I would highly recommend at least keeping up with what people who are very different from you ideologically are talking about. If you are a staunch conservative, try Salon. If you are a liberal, read an article from The Christian Science Monitor once in a while. Reading something does not mean you agree with it — I really cannot stress this enough.
…. and more to come. I’m toying with the idea of creating a more expanded list in the near future.