Blogs and news roundups for writers and editors

Blogs, gossip, opinions,
watchdog reports, citizen journalism, daily news roundups,
and online magazines that help keep us up-to-date on news and issues

The emphasis here is on up-to-date news, opinions, commentary, must-reads, backgrounders, gossip, secrets, rants, and inside information, with links to blogs for special interests, such as health problems, as well.

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Blog Roll

Blogs, gossip, opinions,
watchdog reports, citizen journalism, daily news roundups,
and online magazines that help keep us up-to-date on news and issues

• Alternet (an alternative to print news and columns/​blogs)
• Antarctica. Among the Penguins (Noah Strycker's blog, 2008-2009)
• ars technica (news and reviews of technology)
• Arts & Letters Daily (top blog, from The Chronicle of Higher Education--great links for those who scorn tabloids)

• Babel's Dawn (Edmund Blaire Bolles, a blog about the origins of speech)
• Bad Science (Ben Goldacre's blog)
• The Baseline Scenario (what happened to the global economy and what we can do about it)
• Big Think
• The Borowitz Report (The news, reshuffled. The New Yorker.) For example: Nation with Crumbling Bridges and Roads Excited to Build Giant Wall
• Brain Pickings (Maria Popova's free weekly digest of interestingness, which lives up to that claim). See Bruce Feiler's NY Times story She’s Got Some Big Ideas
• The Biopragmatist (David Ewing Duncan's blog on Technology Review)
• Blogs about the book business
• Book Slut
• Buzz Machine (Jeff Jarvis, media pundit's pundit -- on news, journalism, google, and the like)
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• C/​Net (excellent tech product news, review, and video)
• Common Dreams (breaking news and views for the progressive community and excellent links)
• The Conscience of a Liberal (Paul Krugman, NY Times)
• The Consumerist (Consumer Reports consumer advocacy site)
• Consumers Union blogs
• (Amy Gahran on how we communicate online)
• Covering Health (blog of the Association of Health Care Journalists)
• John Oliver (The Guardian comedian on the latest news and features))
• Crooks and Liars (a politically left blog)

• The Daily Beast (speedy take on news from around the world)
• Daily Kos (liberal political blog)
• Dark Roasted Blend Dark Roasted Blend (Ari Avrams site, full of interesting oddities)--
• Defamer (Gawker's Hollywood gossip site)
• The Dish (Andrew Sullivan and crew)
• Don't Eat Cat Food in Your Old Age (Kelley Armstrong on money, personal finance and life in between)
• The Drudge Report

• Easily Distracted (Tim Burke on culture, politics, and academia)
• Economist's View (Mark Thoma)
• Education Writers Association news and blogs What's new in the world of education journalism?
• engadget (techie gadgetland)

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• Estee Klar on autism (was The Joy of Autism
• Extra! Extra! IRE's guide to the latest investigative reporting
• Firedoglake (Jane Hamsher's progressive news site, online community, and action organization, shut down 8-1-15 for health reasons, now archived as Shadowproof)
• FishbowlNY (covering the pulse of NY Media)
• FiveThirtyEight (a polling aggregation website with a blog created by analyst Nate Silver. Sometimes referred to as 538, the website takes its name from the number of electors in the United States electoral college)
• 43 Folders (Merlin Mann's website about finding the time and attention to do your best creative work)
• Freakonomics (to keep the conversation going)
• GalleyCat (news on book publishing, Adweek)
• Garden Rant (uprooting the gardening world)
• Gawker (Manhattan media news and gossip, shut down by Hulk Hogan lawsuit--see Jeffrey Toobin's story in the New Yorker.
• Gizmodo (evaluations of gadgets and consumer products)
• Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog
• (beyond the Tipping Point)
• Global Post
• GovLoop (blog and social networking for government)
• Guerrilla News
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• Head Butler (reviews of books, music, movies, products -- and short takes)
• Healthcare 100 (top blogs on health & medicine, as selected by eDrugSearch
• HealthNewsReview (health stories, evaluated)
• History blogs (History New Network) and History blogroll
• Hit & Run (Reason Magazine staff commentary on news of the day)
• The Hollywood Gossip
• Huffington Post (liberal American news & features aggregator)

• I can has cheezburger? (funny cat pictures)
• Informed Comment (Juan Cole's blog on the Middle East, history, and religion)
• (U.S. political blog by Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds)

• Jalopnik (for car lovers)
• Jason Kottke (about design, food, weblogs, and living in New York City) by producer of fine hypertext products
• Jezebel (celebrity, sex, fashion for women)

• Lifehacker, techie tips for making life easier (MB calls it "geek porn")
• Language Log, on language and linguistics
• Law Blog (Wall Street Journal)
• LitHub Daily (the best of the literary Internet)
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• Martha Beck, or follow her on Facebook
• McSweeney's column contest winners
• MediaGazer, the day's must-read media news on a single page
• MediaPost (industry coverage for advertising and marketing professionals)
• Momma Said (Jen Singer's site for "moms on the edge of desperation to laugh and linger")
• Mr. Magazine (journalism professor Samir Husni's blog on what's new in the magazine business)

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• Neurodiversity (Kathleen Seidel's site on autism)
• Newser (news and breaking stories--read less, know more)
• NewPages Guide to Blogs & Daily News Sites (outstanding set of links on Book, Writing, & Reading, general; Libraries; Media; Indie Publisher blog; MFA blogs; News Sites We Like; Politics & Media; Blogs of Independent Bookstores; Literary Magazine blogs;
• NewsHounds (We watch Fox so you don't have to!)
• Newswise (for journalists or members)
• New York Times guide to good blogs: Blogs 101 (good blogs in several categories, per Rich Meislin)
• New York Times blog directory (of Times blogs)
• Nieman Watchdog (questions the press should ask)
• Notes from Aboveground (RONBC)

• Observer, news and gossip about Manhattan
• Off the Bus (citizen journalists on the elections)
• The Optimist (Washington Post blog of good news)
• Off the Kuff (Charles Kuffner on political news of Houston and Texas)
• Overheard in New York

• Paris Review Daily
• Political Animal (Washington Monthly)
• Politico
• Pollster (Huffpost tracks thousands of public polls to give you the latest data on elections, political opinions and more)
• Post Secret, an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard.
• Pro Publica (journalism in the public interest)
• Publishers Weekly news

• Raw Story, progressive news site with stories the mainstream media often ignores
• A Progressive on the Prairie (about books, reading and other things that bring nuance to life)
• Regret the Error (Poynter reports on media errors and corrections)
• Rude Pundit (politics and sometimes culture from a rude liberal)

• The Scholarly Kitchen (what's hot and cooking in scholarly publishing, Society for Scholarly Publishing)
• Science Blogs (a chatty and thoughtful community of bloggers)
• Science Daily (digests of the latest research news on health+medicine, mind+brain, plants+animals, earth+climate, space+time, matter+energy, computers+math)
• Seth Godin (riffs on marketing, respect, and the ways ideas spread)
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• Slashdot (News for nerds. Stuff that matters)
• Slate blogs
• STATS (because numbers count)
• Sustainable Gardening (Susan Harris, with good links on gardening)

• Talking Points Memo (TPM, news and commentary on political events from political left, by Joshua Micah Marshall)
• Tech Crunch
• The Technium (Kevin Kelly, who also writes Cool Tools and New Rules for the New Economy (radical strategies for the new economy)
• TED: Ideas Worth Spreading (Technology, Entertainment, Design) -- interactive website with videos of talks, thoughts, performances of the world's thinkers and doers who gather at the invitation-only TED conference to find inspiration)
• 31 Bookish, Brainy, Beautiful Blogs for Readers (Tracy O'Neill, NY Public Library)
• Time Goes By (what it's really like to get older), including the TGB blog The Elder Storytelling Place
• (fine political analysis by Tom Engelhardt). Check out his blogroll for more good sites.
• Top 99 Creative Writing Blogs (Best Colleges Online)
• The Top 99 Freelancer Blogs (Bootstrapper)
• The Transatlantic Observer (analysis, commentary and reporting on US and European foreign policy)
• A Traveler's Library (about literature and travel)

• **Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
• The Uptake (strengthen your local journalists with citizen journalism)
• VideoSift (selected videos on YouTube)
• VSL (Very Short List) (cultural gems from a different curator every day) >?
• Unsilent Generation (James Ridgeway's site for pissed-off progressive old folks and future old folks...because we're not dead yet!)
• UTNE Reader blogs

• Washington Post blogs and columns
• The Why? Files (the science behind the news)
• WikiLeaks, a multi-jurisdictional public service designed to protect whistleblowers, journalists and activists who have sensitive materials to communicate.
• Wine Library TV (videos, changing the wine world)
• Wizbang (pro-Republican blog)
• Women in Crime Ink. A crew of women (journalists, true-crime authors, novelists, lawyers, investigators) (and guest males?) explore crime, the justice system, and related topics.
• WSJ Blogs (real-time news and analysis from the Journal). Includes WSJ's Health Blog.

• YouTube
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Chris Garrett's blog advice may be helpful, including these entries: How to Build a Useful Site, How to Get More Value from Your Site, How to Get the Right Attention, and a blog critique.

Is BlogHer Still Relevant? (Hannah Seligson,, 2-19-10). The premier women's blog platform is celebrating its fifth year, but are readers and advertisers still interested? BlogHer (Life well said) has posted video from the 10 general sessions of its BlogHer 2010 conference