I have been offered a somewhat prestigious job in foreign news. I have been working in other areas of journalism for the last decade, but am not particularly well versed in international news. So I am looking to bone up on, basically, the entire history of the world, all of its current political leaders/conflicts, geography, current expert thinkers/critics on regional international questions. Aside from getting a world map shower curtain
, what else should I be doing? [more inside]
Most of the time, I can do the research myself, but I've just defriended a bunch of people and closed browser tabs over ISIS news because of the graphic accounts and photographs of child killings. I'd like to be able to understand what's happening with ISIS in Iraq in more depth than the NYT coverage, but I keep getting the photographs and videos. Please recommend a range of news sources (I'm okay with upfront biases) that aren't explicit on the atrocities.
I want to receive one article, preferably about current events, written in Japanese, on my Kindle, every day. How can I arrange this? [more inside]
Anyone know of a tech news source that's updated once a day and has an RSS feed? [more inside]
Yahoo News seems to have re-designed their site in a way that's removed the ability to enlarge the text of its news articles on an iPad... Is there a way to get around this? The person behind this question is nearly blind and doesn't want to re-learn a non-Yahoo news web portal....
I saw that Facebook has created an updated version of the News Feed (see it at Facebook.com/newsfeed
) that has larger pictures and less text. I really liked it, so I signed up for the waiting list. A month has passed and still no sign of the new design. Anyone know when the public release will be?
My appologies if this has come up before and I missed it. I am looking for a daily news aggretator that presents stories about what has actually happened (recognizing that the writer may not know what really happened) as opposed to news stories about what someone thinks what they think has happened means. E.g. "Justices Say Budget Cuts May Hurt Criminal Justice" (Have budget cuts hurt criminal justice?",) and "immigration reform can happen in 2013", (will it'? How?") or "Physicists believe they have found elusive Higgs boson particle" (well, have they or haven't they?) and "CPAC Debate: How Will GOP Win Elections?" (Have they?) or, "Is Justin Bieber's bizarre behavior a sign of something more?" (what follows if it were?).
I.e., I'd like to find out what happened today without being burdened with what people think it means. Is there such an aggregator that you have come across?
I have a specific site in mind, and I can't find it for the life of me. It's a consciously minimalist design, about 5 stories per day, summarized. The stories are all in a single column, on a single page, black text on a white background. Clean as clean can be. [more inside]
I work as a journalist. However, I only get articles in publications due to my personal relationships with the editor(s). I've never been able to send in an unsolicited pitch and have it accepted. [more inside]
How do I tell my dad that we need to find a better weekly news magazine? [more inside]
Long shot question: I am trying to remember a news/interesting stuff website. The content has pictures, linked essays, sometimes both. The essays are along the lines of Longform.org. The design is yellow and black ... of this, I am sure. The "about" states that it is curated by one woman, please donate. I think the logo has a brain in it, but don't let that throw you off.
Did Mohamed Morsi really say "The Koran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader, jihad is our path and death in the name of Allah is our goal"? [more inside]
Inspired by this post about retirement savings
, I'm using my question to ask something I've always wondered about: where did the trope about senior citizens eating cat food
come from? [more inside]
I'm trying to find the primary source of a much-repeated, but somewhat dubious, statistic. [more inside]
A few days ago the New York Times discontinued the New York Times Front Page podcast. Help me find a replacement. I'm looking for a short (5-10 minutes) podcast that gives a quick overview of the news of the day. [more inside]
I am looking for an online resource for the correct formatting and layout of a news release. I have found several templates, but there is enough difference between them that I'm a bit confused. I have the essential structure and content down, but what I am looking for is what would be considered to "standard" correct formatting and layout.
Can anyone direct me to a good resource?
Looking for an RSS feed of just the right amount
of video game news. [more inside]
Trying to find sites with details on the current situation in Sendai (specifically) [more inside]
I'm working on a news story for the local alt-weekly that involves a childcare center, and may be taking photos in the center. I've done child photography before, but it wasn't 'news' and we did model releases. I'm a bit nervous about parental concerns about privacy, and since I'm freelance I don't have a capital-N-news-organization to back me up, so I'm looking for advice. What's Standard Operating Practice for news photography of kids?
My wife and I were in one of those "Man on the street" videos today on ABC 7 New York at about 4:40pm Eastern Time. Does anyone have any suggestions how to get a copy of the video? I e-mailed the station but haven't heard back yet. Any suggestions as to how to get a copy of the video?
Film student seeking good online publications about documentary film. [more inside]
I'd like to have an RSS feed for Bloomberg News, specifically for their environment reporting
, that I can put into Google Reader. The problem is, Bloomberg News discontinued
RSS feeds in 2006. None of the workarounds I've found are satisfactory: This one
, for example, tries to use Google News, but it wouldn't really work for my purposes. (Using
as my search string wouldn't necessarily return all news items related to the environment -- a story just about renewable energy, for example, not its environmental benefits, wouldn't show up at all.) There's also Feedity
, but they want you to pay to have feeds with any sort of functionality, which I'd rather not do if I don't have to. Page2RSS
is closer to the mark, but the output is messy (multiple stories in the same feed item). Businessweek.com, which is owned by Bloomberg News, offers RSS feeds with Bloomberg News, but they don't allow for narrowing down on just the environment reporting. Is there a solution out there that's better? [more inside]
CBS News Radio, ~30 years ago. A medical doctor did a regular column. What was his name? [more inside]
Certain news stories are predictable in advance-- because they cover stories that happen every year (like the Oscars or the Super Bowl); or because they cover events you can see coming a long time away (like the 500th birthday of some historical personage.)
Is there any comprehensive list of Things That Will Probably Be In The News Next Year? I'm looking for something like this weekly preview from CNN
, but over a longer timescale.
Was there a hostage situation involving executives or heirs of Dow Chemical in the late 80's or early 90's? [more inside]
Last night on BBC's news site I saw a scrolling headline like this: "UN's Ban Ki-moon calls for lift of Gaza Blockade". Clicking on it took one to the story about the flotilla in which Netanyahu says "We had no choice" or some such. Today the headline is gone from the Beeb. [more inside]
What blogs and publications are good readin' for someone in the media/publication industry? [more inside]
Are there any clips preserved on the Internet of the "Hello, Pope is dead!" announcement which was transmitted during a live TV broadcast a few years back? [more inside]
Movies featuring news or documentary footage. [more inside]
What's with the weird barcode thing in the opening titles of Channel 4 news? [more inside]
What are your alternative news sources? [more inside]
Why do online magazines/news sites post articles over multiple pages? [more inside]
Help me find a replacement for the great Pointcast desktop news client? [more inside]
My uncle loves "The O'Reilly Factor" and relies on it for much of his news consumption. He sees Bill O'Reilly as a "straight-shooter". I'm trying to convince him of the folly of his ways. What evidence can I point to? thank you!
I want to read investigative reports exposing corruption or scandal on a local or national level. Please provide me with links. [more inside]
I ask you, educated and oh-so cultured MeFites, what should I be reading? Everything's in order, except for my RSS feeds. I'm in need of a good mix of wit, news, and good ol' amusement from the world over to serve as nothing less than my daily reading material. Help me stock that RSS reader. [more inside]
Which quality newspapers and other news services provide full-text RSS feeds? I'm looking for a world, national, and also sources specific to California news and politics. Alternatively, what are some MacGyver-style ways to make a full-text RSS feed for my current favorites? [more inside]
How do different news media (radio vs. television) end up doing the same news stories? [more inside]
Every time I scroll too far down on a CBC.ca news story
, I feel a piece of my humanity being chewed off by the mire that is the CBC reader comments section. [more inside]
Who are the best magazine and newspaper feature writers, past and present? [more inside]
Presidential trivia fight : Eisenhower or Kennedy? [more inside]
What world affairs publication(s) should I read? [more inside]
What does it say on the side of the bong Michael Phelps is photographed smoking?
Here's a link to a big photo
. I can't tell what it says. Can you?
I want to read fictional and/or true stories about people being put into positions of responsibility unexpectedly for extended periods of time and how they deal with it. [more inside]
What's the origin of "[Some really bad event for McCain is] Great news! For John McCain!
" ? [more inside]
What are my legal rights, and what compensation can I get from a UK television channel who used a photograph I had taken without my permission, but which I had uploaded onto facebook?? [more inside]
Major news outlets agreed to keep Prince Harry's deployment to Afghanistan secret for security reasons; Dick Cheney's hunting accident was kept from the media for at least a day... What are other examples of these government & media secret/blackout practices?
How can I acquire newswriting skills? [more inside]
I need new websites from which to get my daily dose of interesting links, articles, pictures etc. [more inside]
Who is this black man on the Today show? [more inside]