The websites that we’re using

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.


BBC News

World News network

Google News and blog search

Real Clear World

One World

France 24 Online Press Preview

Huffington Post

Asians in Media

Courrier International

Café Babel


The Arabist


BBC News

New York Times

Vanity Fair

The Huffington Post

The Hindustan Times

Al Jazeera (English and Arabic)

Al Arabiya (Arabic)

Eelaph (Arabic)


IBN Live

Hindustan Times

Sydney Morning Herald



Huffington Post


The Times

The Guardian

The Economist


The Times

BBC News

Sydney Morning Herald

New York Times


The Monthly

Sunday Times Style magazine

BBC’s Newsnight

City AM

BBC’s Business Daily


Daily Beast

Google News


World News Network

China Daily

Huffington Post

The Economist

The Guardian


Shanghai Daily News

The Nation newspaper (Thailand)


BBC News / Sport


Mail and Guardian (South Africa)

The Star (South Africa)

Sydney Morning Herald

Google News

Google Blog search

Jeff Jarvis’ blog

Drudge Report

Deutsche Welle

MARK’S THIRTEEN (he’s allowed more, he’s the boss)

Al Jazeera English

BBC Monitoring


Digital Spy

Comment is Free (The Guardian)

Real Clear Politics



The Word

Trend Hunter

Daily Mash

Clay Shirky

New Republic


NY Times “most emailed” section

Sydney Morning Herald

Insight programme on SBS


Time magazine “most emailed” section


The Guardian


Daily Telegraph (Australia)


France 24


BBC News

La Repubblica

Corriere Della Sera

Al Jazeera

Times of India




Oxford Mail/

The New Yorker

This American Life


(Yes, Emily seems to have gone for twelve.)

17 Responses to “The websites that we’re using”

  1. 1 patti in cape coral
    September 22, 2009 at 17:38

    You guys sure bend over backwards for us bloggers! It’s interesting that Ros has the only African sources, it definitely doesn’t stop you guys from reporting on Africa.

    • 2 Madeleine Morris
      September 22, 2009 at 17:50

      Hey Patti –

      I’ve got allafrica.com in my list! It’s an African news aggregator – good to get a good roundup of African news.

      And I’d add that list is certainly not exclusive. Every day I try to look at an online newspaper from a country I don’t know very well. Honestly, it rarely produces a show topic, but it’s a good thing to do anyway.

  2. 3 Jennifer
    September 22, 2009 at 17:52

    Props to everyone who doesn’t have HuffPo on their list.

  3. 4 Mike in Seattle
    September 22, 2009 at 18:02

    You guys may want to consider ProPublica.org. It consists of a bunch of former newspaper journalists and editors here in the US, and whose goal is strict, non-partisan investigative journalism here in the United States. They are paid through a rather large grant, which allows them to avoid advertising and the like.

  4. 5 patti in cape coral
    September 22, 2009 at 18:08

    @ Madeleine – Oops, I missed that one! Sometimes I can’t believe how accommodating you guys are, seriously.

    I wouldn’t mind hearing more about South America and Canada, also part of the Americas. :0)

  5. 6 T
    September 22, 2009 at 18:33

    Most of these seem ok. But why CNN and Huff Post? Huff Post isn’t the Great Progressive Site everyone says it is. And CNN ceased to be an actual news network years ago. Why waste your time with these (IMO)?

  6. 7 vijay pillai
    September 22, 2009 at 23:35

    Try http://www.Tamilnet.com fro views on tamils worldwide.

  7. 8 Tom D Ford
    September 23, 2009 at 00:50

    I don’t think WHYS is a news gatherer but I wonder if you or someone could set up a thread where people from around the world could send in news about what is happening in their locale.

    So someone in Antarctica could write in about something currently happening there, or the Falklands, or the Canary islands, or the Maldives, or Liechtenstein, or Baluchistan, etc.

    There would be a lot of ordinary stories and possibly a few gems, with maybe a very few things that would get the attention of the WHYS community and get people talking.

    Sort of a guerrilla news thread, I guess. News from non-journalists about their neighborhood. Baby born, calf born, meteorite found, anything that is important to their part of the world.

    I learned long ago that I am ignorant of most of the possible knowledge in the world and I am delighted to learn new things, and I never hear much from the mostly forgotten corners of the world.

  8. 10 Tom D Ford
    September 23, 2009 at 00:55

    Re my last post;maybe you could specify that the thread should be of news that people think is important for the world to know about.

  9. 11 Dennis Junior
    September 23, 2009 at 01:39

    Great websites….Even some I used also…..

    ~Dennis Junior~

  10. September 23, 2009 at 13:17

    Salaam guys,
    Why not trying this website http://en.aswataliraq.info
    With my love… Yours forever, Lubna in Baghdad… PS, a great list of websites by the way ! 😉

  11. 13 scmehta
    September 23, 2009 at 13:26

    It’s enough to explore only those websites which cover the world events on priority and in general. In certain cases, where any specific area, with specific issues/problems, is to be covered, you may like to have some selective websites. However, in my ten years of using the available websites, with some getting automatically (not demanded)added on as per need of the time, I’ve never felt any need/want for having more.

  12. September 24, 2009 at 01:26

    what’s up- no one is unto http://www.DemocracyNow.org >>
    http://www.CBC.ca ( esp radio-1 yes, even ‘the current’ & ‘IDEAS’ -MASSEY LECTURES — ALSO FROM da’great white north’ ….. http://www.globalresearch.ca and least of all indymedia — & from texas http://WWW.LONESTARICON.COM – OK http://www.HighTowerLowdown.com …. reuters is klicking better unbiased reporting! hmmmmmmm –
    Have wonderful thoughtful DAY – LARRY http://WWW.VETERANSFORPEACE.ORG http://WWW.IVAW.ORG http://WWW.CODEPINKALERT.ORG

  13. September 26, 2009 at 12:48

    Le Monde, Die Welt, Le Figaro, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Liberation, Frankfurter Rundschau, Le Tribune, Suddeutsche Zeitung, Wall Street Jounal, BBC World Service.

  14. September 26, 2009 at 12:50

    Plus Channel Four News.

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