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News Sources

No, not news about me or my research; this page describes how I learn about the world. For better or worse, I, like my parents, have a love of newspapers. Unlike them, I get little of my information from broadcast TV, and much from the Internet (most of that from mainstream media sources, rather than blogs or other "new" journalism).

A few of these are tagged as "conservative" or "liberal", but it's worth pointing out that such labels are relevant only in a particular context, i.e. that of an American. What qualifies as liberal or conservative very much depends on where you are, and what your background is.

Top-Tier Sources

"Top tier" refers to the relative volume of information I gain from the source. I think these are all high-quality sources; as we go deeper into the "minor" sources, quality may be a little more questionable. Some of these produce original journalism, others are aggregators.

These five sources have surprisingly little overlap. Before re-subscribing to the Daily Yomiuri, the primary shortcoming of this set was that there was not enough material about Asia.

Daily Yomiuri

The Daily Yomiuri is very different from Yomiuri Shinbun in content and tone. Politically much more liberal than the Yomiuri Shinbun; the story is that the owner is very right wing (hence the YS bent), but doesn't read English, so the DY staff has a much freer hand. "Liberal" would be an exaggeration; "idiosyncratic" might be a better description. The online edition carries only a fraction of the print edition (copyright restrictions, perhaps?), and their archival policy is opaque and seems inadequate.

Features weekly sections from the L.A. Times, The Times (U.K.), the Chicago Tribune, and the Washington Post. (All relatively liberal, it's true.)

Also has a weekly feature called "Through Asian Eyes", which features a huge variety of material from Asian English-language papers, sometimes agreeing with YS or general Japanese opinion, sometimes not. Whoever edits this page has an interesting job. Material comes from Straits Times (Singapore), Manila Times (Phillipines), the Nation (Thailand), and numerous others from Korea, China, Hong Kong, India, and more.

From Europe, besides the Times, DY also gets material from Financial Times and other sources.

DY cribs occasionally from Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report.

On the conservative side, editorials and other materials come from Henry Kissinger, the Ayn Rand Institute, the Heritage Foundation, Brookings Institute, and more.

DY, of course, gets lots of material from its parent, the Yomiuri Shinbun. Yomiuri is not just into reporting the news, it's into making it, and shaping policy, too. The Yomiuri Research Institute (which appears not to have a separate web presence) organizes fora with local and international superstar speakers, as well as supporting policy researchers on various topics.

Many articles bylined "the Yomiuri Shinbun" appear to be press releases from trade groups/PR people here -- "look at the cool new vacuum cleaners!" "popular shoes this fall manufactured from organically grown toadstools!" and the like.

DY also has a weekly science page, including, among other things, Earthweek. Thursdays also sees the publication of the regular column on go, as well as Japanese and English language tips.

All in all, through accident or design, the Daily Yomiuri is my favorite English-language news source, and I read a much higher percentage of it than of any newspaper I've ever subscribed to.

Second-Tier Sources

I consider all of these to be good sources, and would read them more closely given enough time.

Minor Sources

Know Thine Enemy

Here are a couple I don't endorse, but I do read. Google 'em up if you're curious; finding opinions about them online is easy.

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