My first stop for news on any given morning is online. This daily routine takes me first to Google News, which I love because (as we discussed in class last week) it provides many articles by varied online news sources, allowing its users to triangulate the news for themselves. Years ago, the Drudgereport pioneered this concept, though I find Google News to contain less initial bias. After finding my hard news fix with Google News and perhaps following links to three or four news sites from Google, I switch to Digg.com, a site which allows its users to post anything of interest from around the web. The resulting headlines are a fascinating blend of science and technology news, New York Times articles, and bizarre internet memes. Digg could be considered entertainment news in some respects, hard news in others, and provides an intuitive comments system that is often more interesting than the article to which the comments page refers. Most Diggers are bright people, and I have found considerable insight into popular opinion concerning many important social and political news stories here.
For the past six summers, I have worked for an archaeology firm conducting excavations of Archaic-era and proto-historic site excavations around the state of Wyoming. This means long daily drives to and from our sites, usually over four travel hours on a given day. This considerable drive time has led to a serious addiction to National Public Radio (NPR). My favorite shows include This American Life, Science Friday, and All Things Considered, each of which seeks to analyze news topics, rather than simply gloss over the superficial facts of the story. NPR News in the morning led to several discussions among my field crew this past summer, and their local coverage of the gubernatorial debate helped many of us solidify our nebulous notions about whom to vote for (and which candidates represented ideals utterly separated from our own).
Further, and more appropriate to my personal interests and goals, I subscribe to many science news magazines. My favorites are Scientific American, Discover, New Scientist, and National Geographic. These magazines have varying focuses and levels of depth per news stories, but they all share the common theme that understanding the universe in which we live directly informs our ability to innovate, discover, and improve life as we know it. In addressing the overwhelming multitude of problems we face as a nation and as a species, solutions exist in the fields of study covered by these news outlets.