News gathering query

I stopped at a shop earlier. They had a minimum spend of five pounds so to make up the cost of a sandwich a packet of crisps and a bottle of water I bought, (for the first time in a good four or five years), a copy of The Sun newspaper.

As some have commented here in other forums, there was a disconnect in immediate coverage of the terrible incident in Boston, one example being 'Auntie' appearing to be running late with a lot of the coverage, and being reliant on other news agencies.

I know that some here work/have worked and have experience with or dealing with news/media agencies, the likes of our esteemed and boufanted Bigeye etc.

After reading The Sun, I'm curious to know how other ARRSErs gather their daily news, and any ARRSErs thoughts on the best and most reliable news sources, perhaps any opinions on the standards of coverage and dissemination of breaking news such as this.

After reading The Sun I can confirm that Hagar the Horrible is about the best part of it.

Oy Vey.
I haven't bought a paper since Diana died, and I certainly wouldn't go into a shop with a minimum spend. What right do they have to tell you that you have to spend that much? Do they exist?
No single news source is reliable.
You need to use several, preferably including those of differing house styles and where applicable political standings.

If, for some bizarre reason you can only use one source, the Beeb is probably the best in the world.
I haven't been back to to the UK for a few years, but a shop with a minimum spend of a Fiver? WTF?


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I used Feedly with multiple news sources from many different countries and political divide. I even read the guardian sometime
BBC is my first point of call, for contentious subjects I try and look at a number of sources even suspect ones like Al Jezeera and Pravda, just to see how they are representing the story (if they are!) - maybe I am a cynical bugger but I sort of assume there is a element political spin on almost everything so I read the news with a bag of salt handy usually
Its only in the last few years that I've looked at Al Jazeera. Sky seemed to have the more up to date information. The Sun utilised a big photo, then there were boobs, then some more information that was there last night, and then an article on Ozzy Osborne.

Though it was Fairmaidofperths post that prompted me to switch on the TV Biscuits.

ARRSE was more up to the minute than the beeb.


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Radio Scotland mainly, as driving around then glances at BBC website during work.

And of course, as mentioned above, all major news subjects are covered on ARRSE with no end of opinions.

You can always tell how outrageous a story is by the number of similtaneous threads it has running!
For most things look at Reuters or AP - most papers will usually just take their articles and adapt them. Its only when a major event happens and you start to get deeper coverage and analysis that you see real journalistic writing.

Guardian / Times are good, Telegraph is slipping. Economist is very good for assessment.
I used Feedly with multiple news sources from many different countries and political divide. I even read the guardian sometime
As do I but only since go-ogle announced the death of its reader. TBF, Feedly is far superior, IMHO.
Hadn't heard of feedly, ill have a look.

With major incidents like Boston I can't help but conjure up the image of lines of media outlets, anchors standing mike in hand, like at the launch of the space shuttle, giving their report then racing to press/etherlink with the story relayed in the manner best marketed to make money.

A previously not particularly serious view that was in a way bolstered after looking at the tabliod I wasted 40p on earlier on today.

Though jim30, you do make a good point perhaps regarding better journalism coming out depeandant on the story.

Do editors think of the corporation, or, the coverage?

Interesting to see others opinions, and ill definately look at feedly.
I think the key to whatever source(s) you use is to get an understanding of what axe they are grinding and you show me a news organisation without an axe and I'll show you errrr emmm Hmmmmmm


For daily stuff I use google, it has several sources for every story, then if it's abroad you can go to the google page of that country too.

For TV there is the freeview channel combo of BBC, Sky, Al Jazeera and RT all next to each other - sometimes provides an amusing combination.

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