Weekend Open Forum: How do you learn about breaking news?

Shawn Knight

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How we learn about breaking news (world news, catastrophes, local happenings, etc.) has changed drastically over the past hundred years and even more so in the last decade. Scheduled print…

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I have a few apps on my phone that alert me to breaking news, and I've always got the radio on.


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Believe it or not, from mi trusty ole radio. I am still in my 20's so hold the old timer comments.


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tw0rld said:
Believe it or not, from mi trusty ole radio. I am still in my 20's so hold the old timer comments.
I'm in my early twenties and I always have the radio on as well. It simple and allows me to do other things while getting the news.


I've thought about this before. I stay pretty informed about what's going on in the world, but the only television I watch is sports.

The ways I learn about current events are:

BBC World News app that I check on the shitter.
One message board that I frequent, as people always post about anything even remotely interesting happening in the world.
Stumble Upon
The few blogs I read, but that's mostly tech stuff.
A small handful of actual websites, like ESPN.com and two local news websites.
And lastly, word of mouth. But word of mouth has fallen off drastically from "back in the day" cause these days it seems as though people are only into their own lives and could care less about anything other than what they do. The only time you can talk to EVERYONE about something that happened in the world is when it's the crazy **** that everyone knows about. Like school shootings and terrorist attacks. Past that, the only crap that nearly everyone knows about is Jersey Shore and I'd rather chew my arm off than think or talk about **** like that.


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My WSJ email alerts to my phone win every time. I always learn of major world events before they break into TV or radio,


The internet as of late,,, I'm 63 so I have had access to all the media's including ham radio,,, the most important thing that has come out of the internet was wikileaks and how our own governments works and lie behind closed doors to deceive as turn us against each other world wide,,, I never met a person I didn't like once I got to know them,,, yes I have met some bad ones to,,, but that is what it nice about any media,,, you can always turn it off...

PEACE to ALL and hopefully better days to come,,, by now we know who is working against us...


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National/International news usually through internet news feed or texts from news junkies.
Tech news through early breaking sites/forums (XS, XFastest, expreview etc.) and email/text/IM from friends in the OEM/hardware business and a friend at Microsoft.

The rest (aside from sport) usually from word of mouth, including the unwanted and unsolicited prattling of waitresses and a gay sommelier who aspire to be organic versions of TMZ, and who think that events involving Russell Brand constitute news. Oh, to be able to imitate Dexter.

/posted from the restaurant workstation
//hoping the semi-skilled labour get the hint


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Well, I am an old timer, and I get most of my news from the TV. Trust me, I've grown patient as well. In addition to being able to wait until 4:00PM on any given day for local news, I can easily hold out until much later, possibly as long as days.

Believe it or not, that's very easy to do, especially when the long range weather forecast is offering a consistent or persistent outlook.

Basically, the news consists of the same bizarre species, doing the same bizarre s*** repetitively. As for entertainment "news", Kim Kardashian's a** could either fall off completely, or expand to 3 times its current excess, (the more likely prospect), without one iota of impact on me whatsoever. When that baby finally blooms, just pray you're not trapped in an elevator with her....! :rolleyes:

Although, I am hoping the some imbecile with a PHD will run completely afoul of any common decency or bioethics principals, by trying to clone "Snookie". After all, the world can never have enough mouthy, lard a**ed, high maintenance, drunken dwarfs, now can it?

I don't much understand the technical side of economic news. I can't get my head around the concept of "currency". It seems like you're imagining something is going to exist at some point in the future, printing papers as "proof" of that, then owing it to yourself. No wonder our money says, "in God we trust". He's the second unprovable truth of a whopper told, the first being the presumptive value of the "money" itself..


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TV news channels like CNN, BBC and also their web counterparts. A lot of the newspapers also have online editions and those get updated quickly with breaking news stories.


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1010 WINS radio for local and world news. Techspot for Tech headlines, Gamespy, Game Spot, IGN for gaming news. ESPN.com for sports.


i launch mozilla firefox for my breaking news feeds from bbc.

technews from techspot, neowin, anandtech, and vr-zone (singapore)

for local news, i surf the online sites of my fav newspapers and tv stations...


I know about what's going on in the world usually through the Internet. There are some websites I visit at least once a day (some national, some international), and there's a feed on my Firefox toolbar that allows me to see a list of all the latest news on BBC.co.uk. Sometimes I heard about it too, or see someone posting on Facebook or a forum.

I don't really enjoy listening to radio, and I only watch television for like 30 minutes / 1 hour everyday, and it is a 24-hours news channel.


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i was ordering drinks in Costa Coffee and was about to use the check-in feature of facebook on my android phone, when I noticed someone had posted a link to a bbc story about Steve Jobs passing away...


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I wait for it to come on TechSpot ofcourse. I dont have a television or watch it anywhere so.. and I should read more news but TS is my primary source.


I check TechSpot & my ISP's homepage almost daily for news. Sometimes I can catch things while browsing imgur as well. I used to listen to radio all the time at my previous job but I'm unable to at my current one. I'll rarely catch something of importance on Facebook.