We all take impartiality very seriously, as we do our brief to represent the whole world and not just the parts we live in or know well. But we’re also realistic enough to know that those goals will always remain a work in progress.
We thought it would be interesting for you, and helpful for us, to put together a list of ten websites which each of us use to look for stories and issues that could make the show.
It’s not a definitive list by any means.
The nature of our work means that if I asked the team the same question next week, we’d probably have a different list. But I still think it’s a worthwhile thing to do. It’s a starting point for us, and for you, to look at where we ‘newsgather’ (to use the jargon) – or information-gather anyway.
So we’re publishing this list in the spirit of transparency, and we’ll of course look at it to see if there are geographical and political areas where we need to spend more or less time. You can see for example that many sites are in English, there aren’t many covering the far east, and perhaps our focus is too narrow.
But that’s where, as always, you come in. Your suggestions of sites that we should visit regularly are very welcome.
Al Jazeera (English and Arabic)
Al Arabiya (Arabic)
The Nation newspaper (Thailand)
Mail and Guardian (South Africa)
The Star (South Africa)
MARK’S THIRTEEN (he’s allowed more, he’s the boss)
Comment is Free (The Guardian)
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
(Yes, Emily seems to have gone for twelve.)