Seeking suggestions for free, New York Times-quality content online. What should I be reading?
This morning I went to read an op-ed in the New York Times and hit the pay wall they just recently put up. I knew it was coming and while I still may end up paying, I thought I'd use this as an opportunity to see what MeFites are reading and what you might recommend.
At the moment I'm subscribed to 56 different blogs and feeds and am always on the lookout for more good stuff to read online. Some of the blogs are about very specific topics like OMG! Ubuntu!
or TECH Cocktail
. Others I read because of the quality of the writing or the intellectual nature of the content like Roger Ebert's blog
. Of course I also subscribe to a fair amount of funny stuff like Hyperbole and a Half
. What I've found is that with all my reading is that nothing in my arsenal of blogs/sites really gives me an overall view of what's happening in the world, which is where the Times comes in.
What I love about the New York Times is the thoughtfulness and relevance of the articles and op-eds, as well as the overall quality of the writing. Unlike other news sites, they don't seem to dumb down their message. Times articles usually give me a good sense of the scope and size of the contemporary issues in the news, without making me feel like I'm reading a tabloid like USA Today or CNN.com. Of course I also like their op-ed staff but if I keep it to just op-eds I should be able to stay within their 20 articles/month maximum for free readers.
Do you have any recommendations as to news sites or newspaper sites that are as thoughtful, well-written and broad as the New York Times? I'm not necessarily tied to sites based in the US but I'd like to still have a pretty good sense of what's going on domestically. Beyond this specific question, how do you stay informed? What are you reading?