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Free Online News

Virtually all individual newspapers and broadcast media have websites. But how much content they allow varies greatly. For instance, New York Times used to allow free access back to 1996, but April 2011 they started charging after 10 articles/month. The Seattle Times used to be free, but now is subscription-based. Sigh...

Want more information about an online news site quickly? A very useful tool for a thorough evaluation of news organizations and major think tanks is NewsGuard. It's a subscription service ($2.95/month), but if you use the Microsoft Edge browser (desktop or app), you can download the extension for free.

NewsGuard  "uses journalism to fight false news, misinformation, and disinformation. Our trained analysts, who are experienced journalists, research online news brands to help readers and viewers know which ones are trying to do legitimate journalism—and which are not." See for info about contributors. (Just click on a name for short bios.)

Go to within the Edge browser, for directions about adding the extension.

For the App version, go to the Microsoft Edge settings, and click on News ratings. Turn it on. When there is a rating for the news site, you'll see the icon in the address bar.

Once you have NewsGuard installed, you'll see a green, gray, or red icon next to the results list in Google, or at the top next to the URL when you are on a site that NewsGuard has evaluated. Hover over the icon to bring up a short evaluation of how well it follows journalistic standards. Click on "See the full Nutrition Label" to view a detailed analysis, with references.

Newspapers & News Magazines

Hopefully the news organization you will be working for has purchased access to LexisNexis and other databases for news articles. Large news organizations will also have their own digital and/or print archive, or morgue, of their prior stories.

Just Newspapers


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