News online

Online newspapers, broadcasters, blogs, journalists


the conflict between “old” and “new” media

Interesting sites that present or aggregate news – useful for seniors, global relations, journalism and news items in many curriculum areas

Newspapers online

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The Examiner – daily newspaper published in Launceston.

The Advocatedaily newspaper covering the North West and West Coast of Tasmania.

The Mercury – daily newspaper published in Hobart.

The Australian – daily newspaper with Australian circulation.

The Age – daily newspaper published in Melbourne.

The Financial Review – business and finance newspaper.

The Guardian – British daily newspaper with access to achives.


Broadcast news online

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ABC News 24 – 24 hour news channel.

ABC News – national news service.

Links to other ABC news programs – Big Ideas, 7.30, Foreign Correspondent, Four Corners etc

Links to other parts of the ABC website – Environment, Science, Health, Technology…

News in 90 seconds

Top Stories of the Day

ABC Radio Home page – national and regional radio stations.

Australia Network – part of ABC International, broadcasting to 46 countries across Asia & the Pacific. This  includes:

  • Aust. Network News – national & global news.
  • Newsline – Australia Network’s flagship current affairs program, that has videos of items range from 4 mins to 10 mins.
  • Learning English – video programs for a range of levels (such as Passport to English, English Bites, Living English).

SBS World News – an Australian oublic broadcasting service with world news.

BBC News – British public broadcasting service.

CNN – US news network.

Al Jazeera – Arabic language news network.

Reuters brings you the latest news from around the world, covering breaking news in business, politics, entertainment, technology, and more in video and …

Other websites


Australian Policy Online – research database with access to research reports, working papers, discussion papers and statistics.

Inside story commentary and analysis of current affairs published by the Swinburne Institute for Social Research, which is a social sciences and humanities research centre.

The Earley Edition – complied by journalist and blogger, Dave Earley, this site contains links to journalists on Twitter. It has a news feed.

GrammarNet has a link to EBSCO that contains a searchable research database. EBSCO also contains a link to Australian/ New Zealand Points of View, which has detailed information about many topical issues.

Other interesting sites that present or aggregate news.

News360 – informative multisource news in a user friendly format. Different news sources and different media are provided for news items – select and compare them. Read news in categories, such as science, politics etc. You can add your own categories; save items to read later; share stories; choose local news. A good resource to compare world perspectives on a particular news item.

News items are ranked for credibility & personalised (with accounts). Mobile apps available.

Hubii – discover what’s happening around the world. Displays headlines on one side and a Google Map on the other which shows various news publishers of that headline. Zoom in and see who is publishing or search a location and see what’s happening there. Use the Mapfilter to search for specific kinds of news eg. tech news. Use the Search Cloud to see what the world is reading & writing about. Add your own sources. Includes a language filter.

BBC Live World Map – worldwide – most popular stories now. Use left-hand menu to read news from world regions.

Newsy – multisource video news from around the world. 2 to 3 minute video clips of news items are read, amalgamating information from various global sources. The source of the information is credited as the item is read. Sources include Xinhua, Al Jazeera, New York Times, The Guardian, CNN, Human Rights Watch.

Mobile apps available.

Summly app for iPhones – provides summaries of news stories & other text. Swipe to see full article.

17 year old British developer Nick D’Aloisio: “We can really become the de-facto format for news on mobile. People are not scrolling through 1,000-word articles – they want snack-sized information.”

The debate

What is journalism?

The News Manual is a free online resource for journalists, would-be journalists, educators and people interested in the media. It has developed from the three-volume book ‘The News Manual’, which was published  with the help of UNESCO as a practical guide to people entering the profession and to support mid-career journalists wanting  to improve their skills. From the website Home page at

The rise of “new” media (web based media, bloggers) has lead to questions about the relevance of “old” media (traditional print newspapers, TV and radio) and discussions about the distinction between “bloggers” and journalists.

The future of newspapers was considered by the panel on Gruen Planet, which is an Australian television show that looks at advertising and public relations. In their discussion, the panel referred to the recent advertisement created for The Guardian that sought to redefine the relevance of print newspaper and address the relationship between print media and social media. Have a look at the advertisement. Do you think the future of print newspapers is to “start the conversation?”

Questions that arise in the blogger/journalist debate include: Is a blogger a journalist? When is a blogger a journalist? There are different views. Some argue that bloggers are journalists, while others maintain that there is a clear distiction between the two. Others accept that in some circumstances, bloggers can be journalists. An article considering the relationship between blogging and journalism is found on the Crickey website, which also has links to other articles about the new/old media debate.

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