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.

• About blogs and blogging
• Blog roll (and great stuff)


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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

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Here, on Baseline Scenario, is "a good example of how a blog can be light years better than any traditional media," wrote Anita Bartholomew in a recent e-mail. "James Kwak wrote a post in which he responded to New Yorker economist/​writer James Surowiecki's criticism of an earlier post. If you're at all interested in the financial meltdown, the TARP, stress tests, et al., this is a post/​comment thread not to be missed because you're watching two top economic minds hash out the most important economics issue of the moment (and possibly, our lifetimes)."

Alternet (an alternative to print news and columns/​blogs)
The Dish (Andrew Sullivan and crew)
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)
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)
Book Slut
Buzz Machine (Jeff Jarvis, media pundit's pundit -- on news, journalism, google, and the like)
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) (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 Drudge Report
Easily Distracted (Tim Burke on culture, politics, and academia)

LitHub Daily (the best of the literary Internet)

ProPublica (Journalism in the public interest)

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)

TechCrunch (Technorati blog about technology start-ups, particularly the Web 2.0 sector)

Technorati blog director (links to 100 most popular blogs)

Time Goes By (what it's really like to get older), including the TGB blog The Elder Storytelling Place

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) (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)

WikiLeaks, a multi-jurisdictional public service designed to protect whistleblowers, journalists and activists who have sensitive materials to communicate.

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.