Aggregating News: It’s Okay to Cheat

A question that seems to be on the minds of most media professionals these days is, “Where do you get your news?”  The world of news isn’t as cut and dry as it used to be. While growing up, I remember my family receiving the news in two ways – the local television evening news, and the Sunday newspaper. Obviously, this didn’t give us the broadest grasp of the state of the world, but we could all at least agree upon how we received our information.

Today, I would expect it is rare to find a family that receives all its news all from the same source(s).  There are too many mediums, too many sources, too many news creators to realistically think that everyone within a household would still choose to receive news information in the same way. The Internet has given us the broad range of choice on how we can receive information, almost to the point of an overabundance of news.

For those of you feeling the stress of this excessive increase news delivery, here is a tip. A very interesting website came to my attention today (thanks Brynne Tuggle!) and, in the interest I feel the need to share. The website, DailyBeast.com, is a very powerful news aggregator site that scours the Internet and ranks the news stories gaining the most momentum. They effectively categorize their stories and update the site dynamically, so the most recently popular stories are making it to the site.

The most useful portion of the site is the “Cheat Sheet,” a constantly updated top ten list of news stories for the day. For someone inundated with news on a daily basis, this is a great way to stay abreast of the important topics and to stay knowledgeable on current events. Of course, the news presented on this Cheat Sheet is not customized and is only the broad current events of the day, but sometimes I find it refreshing to pull my head out of my technology or entertainment RSS feeds and read some news about something different. I’ve already got The Daily Beast bookmarked on my browser. Will you?

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~ by dparsonsmedia on September 18, 2009.

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