Not Fake News

Since the election–and the explosion of fake news madness–I have seen a number of my friends on Facebook ask, “Where should I be getting my news?” As someone who has been reading the newspaper since I was 7, and who has experience with news creation on various levels, I am going to share my news diet.

These publications are not perfect. They make mistakes. They miss stories. Their reporters and columnists have invisible and visible biases. Objective journalism is an impossible standard. That said–all of these publications are staffed by professionals who do their level best to report quickly, accurately, and fairly. They attempt to create real news, and in doing so they provide an invaluable service.

I subscribe to these publications…

Los Angeles Times
Biggest newspaper on the West Coast

New York Times
The most important newspaper in the world

Libertarian magazine that is always an interesting read

Washington Post
Has probably the best editor and many of the best reporters in the country

The Los Angeles Times is my local newspaper. I recommend you subscribe to your local paper. You may not agree with its views. You might not like the way it reports everything. But: It is the only news organization in your city paying close attention to the people in power. That is valuable.

Other news sources I read…

Associated Press
Worldwide wire service

The Atlantic
News and analysis magazine

Covers business and politics

The Intercept
Investigative news organization

Public radio

New Yorker
It’s liberal, but if you want to know what the smart liberals are talking about, you read the New Yorker

Wall Street Journal (requires a subscription — but here’s a hack around it if you want to see one specific story)
Covers business and politics


The Sunday Long Read
The best long-form articles published every week

And if you would really like to learn more about how the media works…

Read Jack Shafer of Politico. He’s the top media critic out there.

There are many other legit places to get your news. They’re not part of my diet. But they may be part of someone else’s. I am probably forgetting some that I like. I will continue to add to this list.

UPDATE: A few friends whom I trust suggest the following as good sources for news also:

The Economist
London-based opinion and analysis magazine

The Guardian
British newspaper

The Hill
Political website in DC

PBS Frontline
TV newsmagazine


Joe Donatelli
Joe Donatelli is a writer in Los Angeles

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