TV news programs and print news have a hard time these days competing with the light speed of Internet news reporting. And while Twitter can be a fluff source of information for celebrity gossip and silly Internet trends, the little blue bird can also be likened to the modern version of the messenger pigeon. Except this blue messenger pigeon works a whole lot faster. (Just ask anyone following the events in Ferguson, Mo., where they have been looking for news on the subject lately.)
1. Huffington Post – @HuffingtonPost
Twitter Bio: internet lovers | sleep believers | news addicts | big font obsessives | greek yogurt fans
Need for Feed: HuffPo is often accused of just recycling and spitting out news from other sources. But they aggregate the best news, and not everyone has time to read every paper. HuffPo gives your phone little golden buzzes of news.
2. Reuters Top News – @Reuters
Twitter Bio: Top and breaking news, pictures, and videos from Reuters.
Need for Feed: The UK news outlet is an international source for news. It transmits its stories in various languages, and is respected worldwide for its reporting.
3. Al Jazeera English – @AJEnglish
Twitter Bio: Al Jazeera English, the 24-hour English-language news and current affairs channel, headquartered in Doha, Qatar. Follow @AJELive for breaking news alerts.
Need for Feed: The same news story comes out differently based on who is telling it and what country they are telling it from. There are many great non-American news sources. Unfortunately, they are not typically translated into English. Al Jazeera, a news source based out of Qatar, offers its news in many different languages, one of them being English. At the very least, following Al Jazeera English will yield a different perspective on the news.
4. Breaking News- @BreakingNews
Twitter Bio: Download our new iOS and Android apps to control the breaking news you want to see.
Need for Feed: Breaking news is a strictly mobile device news source. It picks the biggest breaking stories and buzzes them out in little tweets.
5. The Young Turks – @TheYoungTurks
Twitter Bio: Hosted by @CenkUygur &@AnaKasparian. Watch TYT Live weeknights 6E/8P onlinehttp://bit.ly/TYTlive & tweet #tytlive. Be a TYT member – http://tytnetwork.com
Need for Feed: The outbreak of the Internet has given independent creators new opportunities previously reserved only to large organizations, and news reporting is one of them. The Young Turks can be found reporting news on various Internet platforms, including Sirius Satellite Radio.
6. Salon.com – @Salon
Twitter Bio: Providing fearless political journalism and cultural analysis since the dawn of the digital era. We're also at http://www.facebook.com/salon
Need for Feed: Salon is great not just for news reporting, but also culture.
7. BuzzFeed News – @BuzzFeedNews
Twitter Bio: A news wire for the social web. Reporting by @michaelhayes and@weeddude and others.
Need for Feed: Like an ever growing child that won't stop eating, BuzzFeed keeps feeding itself so much buzz that it keeps getting bigger. While BuzzFeed is mainly known for pop culture and comedy reporting, it also does a respectable job in reporting the news.
8. The Onion – @TheOnion
Twitter Bio: America's Finest News Source. Subscribe on YouTube:http://bitly.com/xzrBUA
Need for Feed: It's fake news. It's meant to make you laugh, or reflect on the irony of certain situations. But mainly to make you laugh.
9. The Daily Show – @TheDailyShow
Twitter Bio: Jon Stewart and The Best F#@king News Team. Mon-Thurs at 11/10c on @ComedyCentral. Full episodes, videos, guest information. #DailyShow
Need for Feed: A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. Sometimes listening to the news can be depressing, and humor can be that spoonful of sugar to help digest the sadness of what we see reported on the screen.
10. Teen Kids News – @teenkidsnews
Twitter Bio: Emmy Winning TV News show for Kids by Kids
Need for Feed: The Internet exposes youth to almost everything. While it’s important for kids to know what’s going on in the world, adult news can be too graphic or too complicated. Teen Kids News offers an abridged version of the news, as told by kids.
There you have it—a drop from an ocean (or at least a sizable lake) of good Twitter feeds for the news. How about you, Paste readers … what are some other good Twitter feeds for people who love to read the news?
Madina Papadopoulos is a New York-based freelance writer, author and regular contributor to Paste. You can follow her on Twitter.