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December 26, 2012 6:16 PM   Subscribe

Besides Metafilter and reddit, what are some of the more popular news sites that university students are using these days? (sites you check almost every day)
posted by MechEng to Computers & Internet (19 answers total) 64 users marked this as a favorite
posted by Oliva Porphyria at 6:27 PM on December 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

Popular news sites? Or just popular sites?

This is more of a popular site rather than a news publication website, but Hype Machine is a site that many university/college age students frequent regularly.

Besides that, a lot of people my age use Thought Catalog.

I also know a lot of people including myself that frequent major news publications websites daily.
posted by livinglearning at 6:39 PM on December 26, 2012 [2 favorites]

posted by k8t at 6:40 PM on December 26, 2012 [3 favorites]

I'm an ardent NPR-er.

And I live in a grad student household where we get the NYT delivered daily, though we're definitely in the minority there.
posted by wintersonata9 at 6:40 PM on December 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

Seconding Tumblr. It's down right now and that's making me feel crazy :(
posted by bluelight at 6:44 PM on December 26, 2012

Hacker News for people who do computer science/machine learning/development stuff
posted by grouse at 7:12 PM on December 26, 2012 [5 favorites]

Response by poster: I should rephrase that to news sites / useful sites / or just sites a university student should know about.

a couple off the top of my head are wired, ted talks, coed, craigslist, globe and mail, scientific america, slashdot, mashable,
posted by MechEng at 7:35 PM on December 26, 2012

Given your rephrase, consider:

Arts and Letters Daily
The Browser
posted by yclipse at 7:38 PM on December 26, 2012

Popurls lists the top few stories/posts at popular sites (even MeFi) and also has a nice listing by category.
posted by NoraCharles at 8:09 PM on December 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

Ok well for news, I pay attention to the New York Times regularly and Al Jazeera somewhat regularly. I get a lot of my news from following news sources on facebook via their fan pages. I use tumblr for following subject specific tags of the things I'm interested in (science, biology, neuroscience, etc). I know people use twitter to this effect as well.

Pitchfork is a popular site for independent (read: hipster) music if you're into that.
posted by Oliva Porphyria at 8:19 PM on December 26, 2012

Not exactly a website, but I use an app on my phone called Taptu that does a decent job of aggregating news stories from various sources. I'll pull it out and peruse headlines when I have a few minutes to spare during the day.
posted by axiom at 9:09 PM on December 26, 2012
posted by Packed Lunch at 10:15 PM on December 26, 2012

Quora is a question-answer forum that started out with a strong tech/science bent but seems to be seems to be really gathering steam and covering more and more topics these days. It's sort of like ask.metafilter but with more of a social network-y flavor.
posted by sashapearl at 11:13 PM on December 26, 2012 [2 favorites]

I still read the Something Awful Forums although the site definitely isn't as popular as it was eight years ago.
posted by amitai at 11:54 AM on December 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

I'm talking out of my ear here, but I'd guess that University students are heavily over-represented on 4Chan.
posted by cnc at 1:19 PM on December 27, 2012

I know a ton of students who read Gawker, Jezebel, Lifehacker, and that whole line of supermarket checkout blogs religiously.

Sites you should know about are Dissent, The Nation, Politico, Culture Ramp, Al Jazeera's Youtube channel, Longform, and reddit had this whole big piece of how Digg was curated and better now. It's definitely improved in that it's better than America's Funniest Home Videos and Banal Image Macroes but it's still not The Blue.
posted by dubusadus at 1:55 PM on December 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

For actual news? Google News for print, and the NPR 7 AM News Summary podcast.
posted by talldean at 8:36 AM on December 28, 2012

Here are a few (via Kottke, which I would also recommend checking out daily as well):
  • Evening Edition: The perfect commute-sized way to catch up on the day’s news after a long day at work (or school)
  • The Brief: Technology news that matters
  • Next Draft: The day's most fascinating news (e-newsletter or app)

posted by boost ventilator at 2:34 PM on December 30, 2012

ArtsJournal for music, dance, theater, art ...
posted by NemesisVex at 3:50 PM on January 2, 2013

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