For the past couple of years, I have been avoiding all kinds of junk news from my life. now I am in no hurry to consume news quickly, rather I would wait for research based on that particular news and read it a month later.
When I say junk news I mean all the politics/celebrity/sports gossips and daily news.
To avoid this I had to cut a few of my sources, Instagram stories and feeds I have to mute my stories completely, most of my friends are more interested and share stories of the current government and sports than what is happening in their life (lack of content)
Quality news comes at a cost
All though subscription news is the only way forward for a journalist is a very debatable hot topic but it is clear that the ad-driven business model has its own downside.
1) Most of the news are biased or either integrate their ad to the particular news (your story runs on a similar business model, where they cover the news of startups for a lump sum amount of 1-3 lakh, containing the news of their fundings and future of the business)
2) Most Ads are annoying and distracting (My main source of morning news is my phone, a small wrong click directs to multiple pages of porn sites)
3) Lack of research & hurry to publish news: Buzzfeed model
Following are the subscriptions which helped me to get through it
- The Ken: Ken publishes one researched story per day from India (They do have south asian subscription seperately) every week, from startups, technology, business, healthcare, science and some politcs their beyond order artcle is a cherry on top.
- Morning context: It publishes the best analysisand report on business, technology and chaos in India with daily 1 in-depth stories.
- Finshots: I love finshots for their simplicity, Finshots summarises complex news in a very simple manner be it a new policy or a new product feature, finshots nails at this.
- Newslaundry – Political satire is not everyone’s cup of tea, this is why I love Madhu Tehran, Abhinandan Tehran, Meghnad, and Manisha. These guys have come long ahead (have been their followers since they have founded. Their interviews series on youtube is a goldmine.
- Newyork Times – Uh I don’t have to say much of it, is there anyone who doesn’t know this. Anyway, I don’t read too much news. But whenever I have time. I stumble upon my favorites section.
- Wall Street Journal – Uh Jeff Bezos is everywhere marking his obsession for quality products is unbelievable (since 1992)
- Live Mint – Live Mint is a great money control alternative to having, great insights on finance and business in general.
- Guardian – Not a regular reader of guardian, but guardian publishes great content on politics. I do read (though I dont follow politcs much)