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April 4, 2011 6:04 AM   Subscribe

Until comes up with a family plan, I will not be subscribing. Where can I get my thoughtful, eclectic, comprehensive news mix in one place?
posted by Xurando to Media & Arts (22 answers total) 45 users marked this as a favorite
Following interesting people on twitter gives me much higher quality and density of information that interests me than any one newspaper.
posted by mhoye at 6:11 AM on April 4, 2011

Well, there's this, though not sure if that will last forever. (or indeed if it still works now)
posted by Grither at 6:11 AM on April 4, 2011

Morning Brief. It comes out every weekday morning at around 8AM EST. It's excellent.
posted by pwally at 6:18 AM on April 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

I get it from MetaFilter.
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:18 AM on April 4, 2011 [2 favorites]

This question is related.
posted by almostmanda at 6:23 AM on April 4, 2011

My family and friends have created a "family plan" by creating a password usable by all of us. There are other ways around the pay wall, as well. Do you not want to do something like this because of principle or are you just looking for new sources of information?
posted by Pineapplicious at 6:29 AM on April 4, 2011 [2 favorites]

NPR, The Atlantic, and the BBC?
posted by schmod at 6:44 AM on April 4, 2011 [2 favorites]

2nding Morning Brief - it's excellent for a short coverage of news.

Other places -
- Al-Jazeera - they have impeccable news coverage; their reputation was bolstered by their coverage of the Middle East turmoil recently.
- Slate Magazine - they have longer articles, though with a left-leaning bias that's not too bad.
- Mother Jones - this one has been around for a really long time already, and has really thoughtful editorials and analyses of news. Comes with a strong left-leaning bias though.

Alternatively, if you're open to that sort of thing, Gizmodo had an article on how to bypass the paywall. You can also check this out.

P.S. Mods, if the two links on how to bypass the paywall aren't kosher, please remove them by all means, thanks!
posted by titantoppler at 6:55 AM on April 4, 2011 [2 favorites]

The paywall is fairly liberal in its policies. It is possible you might never run into it?
posted by gjc at 7:59 AM on April 4, 2011

The Economist.
posted by mr_roboto at 8:24 AM on April 4, 2011

Response by poster: I guess this will work for now.
posted by Xurando at 8:33 AM on April 4, 2011

Sorry, this is the link for the Daily Beast Cheat Sheet.
posted by John Cohen at 8:41 AM on April 4, 2011

Xurando said: I guess this will work for now.

Heh, not really! I guess you could see if your local coffee shop or diner had a free copy laying around for you to peruse. Maybe try your library?
posted by JJ86 at 9:36 AM on April 4, 2011

posted by theora55 at 10:10 AM on April 4, 2011

I just read instead. I think I like them better than NYT, actually.
posted by jenfullmoon at 11:18 AM on April 4, 2011

A dissent from jenfullmoon: The WaPo has become distinctly more reactionary in the last decade and I no longer consider it reflective of anything but a Beltway mentality, Ezra Klein included.

I generally use Google News as my news front page, with strong reliance on topical sections and the personalized source feature. My "get more news from" publications are the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, GlobalPost, Isthmus Daily Page [Madison, WI], Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, New York Daily News, NYT, the Guardian, The Washington Independent, and the Wisconsin State Journal. (I ask for "less news from" Fox and the very sketchy and inconsistent RT.) I also make use of the "Recommended" tab, which is fed by my search activity, and is fairly savvy at putting up news topics I'm interested in.

Altogether this helps me filter out most of the celebrity news / funny video / man bites dog chaff that sadly dominates most news website front pages these days.

The CSM is probably the one paper in addition to the Times you need to be reading.
posted by dhartung at 1:48 PM on April 4, 2011

Longform news investigations conducted seriously (2x pullitzers in 2 years): propublica
posted by lalochezia at 2:20 PM on April 4, 2011

An added note about the New York Times: it looks like links from within their own free email newsletters are treated like blog links. From their FAQ page:
    "You don't need a digital subscription in order to subscribe to our e-mail newsletters. Like other external links, e-mail newsletter links to will count toward your monthly limit, but you will still be able to view the linked article even if you've already reached your monthly limit."
If you subscribe to the free daily headlines plus specialty newsletters, that might be a way to read many articles you'd be interested in. (You might already be aware of this, but I didn't realize it until I looked for it specifically.)
posted by hsieu at 2:25 PM on April 4, 2011

Not quite the same but:

And I second the Morning News headlines:
posted by blandcamp at 3:32 PM on April 4, 2011

It's kind of weird to me that none of the 'workaround' methods seem to mention deleting the nyt-mt cookie or just clearing your cookies altogether. Is that technically difficult to do? As a general practice, I clear all cookies when the browser exits. Seems like a win-win.
posted by mike_bling at 9:24 PM on April 4, 2011

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