Best Online News Sites

There are several places to get news online

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Following world news, local news, and information on natural disasters or weather events is easy when you use the web. You can get news from all over the world, from virtually every country, on every possible story, from politics to natural disasters.

If you're reading news in a language you don't understand, consider using a language translation site.

World News Sites

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No matter where you live, these are some of the best world news sites:

  • BBC News: One of the most respected news organizations on the web; great for world news.
  • The New York Times: The New York Times continues to be one of the best sources for world news on the web.
  • Reddit: One of the top sources on the web to find crowdsourced news, including breaking news stories that are updated by community members with insight and further resources in real time. If you're looking for truly up-to-the-second news with commentary from "real people," Reddit is a good bet. 
  • Google World News: Thousands of sources update constantly on Google News to deliver news directly to your computer or mobile device.
  • Wikinews: Pick your geographical region and/or language, and you'll see a community-curated repository of news articles gathered by people all over the world — exactly replicating the Wikipedia collation process. 
  • Alternet: On the web in different iterations since 1997, Alternet provides an independent viewpoint of breaking news, mostly centered around U.S. events. 
  • Reuters: One of the main U.S. breaking news wires, focusing on both U.S. and international events. Many stories from Reuters are syndicated on other sites. 
  • PBS: Public broadcasting news for the last several decades; news here tends to be extremely well-balanced and non-partisan, and also includes good background information for further reading. 
  • C-SPAN: Watch legislative news as it happens; focusing on U.S. related events only. 

Online Newspapers

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Online newspapers are how most people get the news these days from all over the world — every major newspaper in every country, in addition to most city newspapers, are freely available online for everyone to read.

This makes monitoring news globally and locally even easier; and you can also see what other local newspapers are saying as well, no matter where you might be located.

Online Newspapers From the U.S.

Here's a list of online newspapers originating in the United States to get you started reading U.S. news from anywhere in the world:

  • United States Newspapers: You might be pleasantly surprised to see how extensive this site is; both popular and obscure newspapers are featured here.
  • 50States.com: Every state in America has at least one major newspaper featured here.
  • USNPL: More newspapers from around the United States. Search any city or browse it on the map, to find newspapers from both large and tiny towns.
  • Refdesk.com: U.S. and world newspaper sites, updated frequently.
  • SmallTownNewspapers: This news site showcases newspapers only from small towns. It lists over 250 small town newspapers.

European Online Newspapers

Online Newspapers From Around the World

  • NewsLink: World newspapers just a click or tap away.
  • PressReader.com: Real newspaper front page replicas from all around the world.
  • OnlineNewspapers.com: Online newspaper directory of the world.
  • Newseum: Several hundred front pages from dozens of countries presented alphabetically.
  • NewspaperIndex: A listing of the best online newspapers sites from every country, with a focus on general news, politics, debates, and economy.
  • Indekx.com: Online newspapers and magazines organized by country as well as a list of the top 10 world newspapers.
  • World-Newspapers.com: A huge listing of online newspapers from all over the world, from Africa to France to Greece.

Natural Disasters News and Information

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Here are some of the best sites in which to find all kinds of natural disasters information, from breaking news to general information, history, world health efforts, and more.

  • BBC Natural Disasters: Provides lots of natural disaster information as well as up-to-the-minute reporting.
  • Global Disaster Alert and Information System: This news site provides near real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world and tools to facilitate response coordination.
  • CIDI: The Center for International Disaster Information has up to the minute information on the latest natural disasters affecting the world.
  • US News: An entire section of this U.S. news site is centered around natural disasters, everything from issues happening right now to things that occurred in the past, as well as political tensions regarding relief funds, etc.
  • Live Science: Comprehensive articles on past, present, and future natural disasters and how they have or will affect the earth and humanity.
  • The Disaster Center Index Page: A long list of links with hurricane and flood information, storm reports, wildfire forecasts, and national emergencies.
  • EMSC-CSEM.org: News regarding earthquakes near you and recent earthquakes around the globe.

Preparation, Recovery, and Aid Information

These news sites aren't primarily news-focused but they do provide helpful information regarding protection and aid.

  • CDC: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention not only highlights recent outbreaks and provides travel notices for international travelers, but also serves as a great reference site on what to do in the case of an emergency.
  • USAID: The United States Agency for International Development helps provide economic and humanitarian aid in more than 100 countries, especially those affected by natural disasters.
  • Red Cross: The American Red Cross has historically been the first organization on the scene to help those affected by a tragedy.
  • FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency has lots of excellent information on how to prepare for disasters. They also support a texting program for help finding open shelters and nearby disaster recovery centers.
  • The Disaster Recovery Guide: A very extensive guide on how to recover from a natural disaster.

More Ways to Find and Gather News

Manually searching through a news site like the ones listed above is one way to read the news, but you can also collect all your favorite news sources into one place. This helps you stay current with the news with little effort.

After you locate the sites you want to monitor for news, throw them into a news aggregator like Feedly so that all you have to do is open that one website or app to see all the news you're interested in.

Another option for news aggregation is to create a Google news alert. This lets you receive emails about your favorite news topics. Google searches the internet for any topic you choose, and updates you in real time.

There are also news podcasts you can listen to. They aren't as current as text articles or videos, but they're still great for learning and revisiting old news.

For local news, do a web search for your city and the word news, such as dallas news. This works from any web search engine. From there, you can find all sorts of local news station websites and even bigger news sites that cover your local area. Google News is one example of a news site that has not only world news but also stories relevant to where you live specifically.

The term "news" is extremely broad, so the sites listed above only scratch the surface of what's considered newsworthy. There are also social news sites, news blogs, celebrity news sites, obituary sites and others, that let you check out updated news on technology, politics, products, the future, and more.