First off, I don't care about the woes of the dead tree marketplace. I'm sure there's going to be some bad stuff associated with the upcoming upheaval in the state of worldwide news reporting, but most of the people who are going to suffer have been doing such a piss poor job of reporting basic facts that I'd be unwilling to support them even if they were the only game in town. So fuck them.
Also, the best news reporting took place in the era before networks considered the news a money maker. It was originally done at a pure loss as a community service and that's when you had shit go down like Murrow's denouncement of McCarthyism. Because it wasn't a money maker. Because things were newsworthy because they were newsworthy, not because you could draw more eyeballs by scaring people better than the other station and inserting fluff bits about topless carwashes or whatever else before and after commercial breaks to tease a few more bucks out of your advertisers.
So, let's talk about online journalism
Right now I get most of my news from the Google variety. I like it for a few reasons:
Top stories are aggregated based on how many places are reporting them. I probably don't miss too much that's particularly noteworthy.
All stories immediately provide me with 3 or 4 different sources to read, or more if I click a link. This means I can get my news from places that aren't FOX, and I can compare a couple.
The way stories are categorized makes decent sense AND I can easily prevent myself from ever having to scroll past the sports section.
My problem with it? It only shows me what's popular. Most of what I find is just AP wire feeds. Not that those are typically bad (they often are above average), but I don't feel I get much of a hands on feel for what's going on. I don't feel like I'm street level. I'm not, so that's fair, but I'd like to feel moreso as if I were.
The other big sources I consult are slashdot.org and engadget.com. Both are fairly specialized, though engadget is of FAR higher quality it only provides information about products for the most part so it's not really "news" so much as it is a catalogue of future technological fetishism. Slashdot is shit. It just is. The editors don't edit submissions and the submissions and most of the attached dialogue is garbage and in a lot of cases, the linked stories are just as bad. The sad thing is, I can't think of a tech centric site that sucks less.
So now this is what I pose to you guys:
Are there any good news sites online?
Like, actually good. As in, facts are reported faithfully. Biases are reserved or at least minor and easily detected. A broad selection of reporting is done. I can read about the major stories but get an actual sense for what's going on without feeling like I'm being lied to.
Failing that, are there tech news mills that suck less than Slashdot?
Also, "alternative" news. Tin foil hats aside, are there any non-mainstream oriented news sites that tend to be better than the rest for journalistic responsibility? Such as not going with A GUY TOLD ME SO stories as if they were purest fact?
Seriously, the news is way more complicated than you realize until you type out a post about it.
Also, I do not care one bit about either celebrity or sports related news. At all. Music news is of almost no value to me either. Technology, politics, business, these are the things I crave information regarding.