A friend asked me where I get the news. Mostly I read. I subscribe to several newspapers: NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, LA Times. I also get The Economist, The Atlantic, and the New Yorker — all as digital online editions.
But there are many free sources of news and analysis. Here’s what I suggested to her:
The writer I most appreciate is Doug Muder, http://weeklysift.com.
Other writers you may enjoy:
Red for the Blue: https://mailchi.mp/redfortheblue/red-for-the-blue-what-the-right-is-saying-dogn1ba0da?e=78e666ec52
With major media like the NY Times you get the benefit of ethical editors vetting what they publish. Not so with blogs – you must be a critical thinker and savvy about bias and journalistic integrity. I pay for subscriptions because I want to support investigative reporting and editorial oversight.
You can read three articles in the times free each month before the paywall kicks in. If you subscribe to the blogs of your favorite columnists, you can track what they are writing about without buying the paper.
The Guardian still has no paywall.
For a general news overview check out News 360. It’s an aggregator that you may program for topics that interest you. Then when you open the App on your device, you will be served visuals and links to articles on the web.
There are many blogs that you listen to rather than read. These can be subscriptions that come to your computer or phone. Here is a survey article about how to get them.