Where Do You Get Your News?

By Flickr user Matt Callow (Creative Commons)

For someone who spends eight-plus hours a day in front of a laptop, working at an organization with an Internet domain for a name, I am really, embarrassingly, behind on my current events. I usually make an effort to scan through a few major headlines, but this obviously has its flaws (I offer you two words: Balloon Boy).

Today, I’m thanking my lucky stars that I’ve been clued in to two awesome sites that tell the other stories — the ones that we, as independent contributors and consumers of information, deem important. These underreported stories may not have Hollywood thrills and romance, but they clearly touch us, the public.

First up: Global Voices. Global Voices describes itself as “an international community of bloggers who report on blogs and citizen media from around the world.” These bloggers are volunteers from around the world who, along with part-time staff editors, decide which articles will be published to the site.

Global Voices has covered topics like equal marriage rights in Argentina, allegations of election fraud in Guinea, and Palestinian exiles. Parlez-vous français? Español? Polski? Global Voices has a team of translators, and the site is available in a dozen languages.

There is also CrowdVoice, the “user-powered service that tracks voices of protest from around the world.” Like Global Voices, CrowdVoice’s content is “chosen and approved by the community.” Each “voice” is a multimedia resource center for a given cause, which individual users can also upload and link to.

A few of the many issues covered are Repression of Dissent in Russia, Censorship in China, and LGBT Rights in Uganda. A hat tip to the excellent Ashoka blog, which featured CrowdVoice first.

The best part? You can subscribe to/follow any article or voice that piques your interest, which means one less excuse that I have to fall behind in my current events. Write on, good people. Write on.

[This blog entry appeared on an older version of Idealist; any broken links are a result of having re-launched our site in Fall 2010.]

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