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May 20, 2011

News From Facebook

Many of my friends laugh when I tell them that my primary source of news is....

...Facebook. But it's true.

Most Facebook users focus on the social networking aspects of the site - and I do too - but I also use the news feed features to follow stories that the mainstream media doesn't have time - or the inclination - to develop and pursue.

I only subscribe to free news services, and I also prefer sites that are noted for their integrity and objectivity. There are many sites out there which focus on their own political agendas. I find these occasionally interesting, but they usually drift off into tirades - which usually means poor writing as well and bad journalism.

Here are some of my favorites; a great reliable source is The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/. Another wonderful resource is The Daily Beast (associated with Newsweek magazine). You can see more here - http://www.thedailybeast.com/#. For even more in a Pop Culture direction, don't miss Studio 360, you can see it here - http://www.studio360.org/.

For a range of news updates and wonderful video links, you can't beat PBS. You can subscribe here - http://www.pbs.org/

For in depth, single issue explorations, you won't see better programming than Frontline. Check it out here - http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/.

Another of my favorites is National Public Radio (NPR). You can see a range of stories, news and links at NPR that you won't see you anywhere else. You can start here - http://www.npr.org/.

For a fun (and word focused) game show based on recent events, be sure to subscribe to Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me at - http://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/.

For in depth reporting and analysis, you can't beat The Atlantic. Check it out here - http://www.theatlantic.com/.

You can also get mainstream news links, from the BBC, to Al Jazeera (English or Arabic) among many, many others.

You can also get links from friends as they post current news stories that they find interesting.

Thanks to the news links on Facebook, I can follow breaking news, send links to friends and keep track of stories that traditional media can't or won't follow.

There's a wealth of information and resources online. Send us any links that you think any teachers, students or even just regular curious people might find interesting or useful. Let us all know about words that make you crazy, aspects of language and expression you find challenging, and be sure to let us know what it is about English and language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, USA and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA, USA). And, as much as Morf loves writing this blog, he is always open to other opportunities either blogging or teaching. You can contact him at mmorf@mail.com.

Posted by mmorf at May 20, 2011 10:06 AM


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