Keeping up with current world affairs is useful for many reasons. You stay informed, have interesting things to talk about, and can make sure no embarrassing clips of you singing have made the headlines. However, knowing where to get your news from can be tricky. We’ve got some tips on finding trustworthy sources. You lucky people.
Fake news – a modern problem
As we discussed in detail in our Fake news article, disinformation seems to be everwhere at the moment. Whether it’s being used to create unrest, alter public opinions, or spread lies, it’s a damaging phenomenon that we need to guard against.
So, with such a minefield of falsehoods out there, where should we turn to for authentic news stories? Well, there’s no one source that you should rely on. Instead, you should try and get a varied and balanced look at current events.
Getting an accurate view of the news often means stepping out of the social media ‘bubble’ or ‘echo chamber’ that we surround ourselves with. These sites often only show us stories that confirm our own existing bias or beliefs. It’s also worth looking into media bias and how that impacts what you read.
Where to look for reliable news
Again, it’s worth repeating that there’s no single place that you should go to for your news. And it really depends on what kind of things you want to read about and watch.
Below, we’ve outlined some news sources that are usually highly trustworthy. We’ve also noted whether they have a left-wing or right-wing bias. For more details on this, see these sites explaining the left and the right in the UK and US.
- The Associated Press – a US-based, leading international multimedia news agency. Least bias.
- Reuters – a UK-based, leading international multimedia news agency. Least bias.
- BBC Newsround and Newsbeat – UK national press aimed at young people. Left-centre bias.
- The Guardian – one of the most trusted UK news outlets for readers aged 18 to 29. Left-centre bias.
- The Times – another highly respected UK news outlet. Right-centre bias (subscription required, student rates available).
- The Wall Street Journal – one of the most trusted US news outlets. Right-centre bias (subscription required).
- The New York Times – another highly respected US news outlet. Left-centre bias (some free articles, subscription required).
- Google News – collates stories based on your region and preferences (though watch out for its potential to only give you stories that back up your beliefs/opinions). Left-centre bias.
- Snopes and Media Bias / Fact Check – can be used to verify the stories you read and the claims they make. Least bias.