My morning news-stand

Do you know what happens when you set foot in the ocean?

In that brief moment, you touch the world, all of it, because every drop of water that touches your feet has touched every shore, every beach ever.

So it is with the Internet, with social media, and with the news. When you check the morning news in your country, do you just check what’s happening in your nation, province, or city? Or do you take advantage of that little copper or fiber wire in your wall that is your footstep into the world?

I try to make a habit of checking headlines from major news sources every day to see more than one perspective. On my morning news-stand (fed into Google Reader and Calibre for the Kindle as well):

  • BBC News
  • The Boston Globe
  • Bloomberg
  • Reuters
  • CNN
  • The New York Times
  • Daily Telegraph
  • Montreal Gazette
  • Toronto Globe and Mail
  • The Sydney Morning Herald
  • Asahi Shinbun
  • Al Jazeera
  • The Jerusalem Post
  • Xinhua

If you don’t already read the headlines or news from a country other than your own, start today. It’s free to do and will give you a much wider perspective on what the world thinks is important. As recently happened with President Obama’s speech in Cairo, while the American media was occupied with David Carradine’s death, the rest of the world was mulling over the President’s words. If you read only American news sources, you might have missed some very interesting reactions elsewhere.

Are you deeply involved in social media? If so, chances are you’ve got at least one follower or friend in another country. Might be useful to know what’s topping the news where your friends are, too.

What’s on your news-stand?

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  • http://www.gojishape.com/ TaiSlim

    Hi Chris,

    Getting updated with other country's headlines is very much useful in today's world. This purpose can be served by Social Media. Having a good social media presence is a must for anybody. One is leaving under stone if he/she is not using social media to get updated.

  • http://www.gojishape.com/ TaiSlim

    Hi Chris,

    Getting updated with other country's headlines is very much useful in today's world. This purpose can be served by Social Media. Having a good social media presence is a must for anybody. One is leaving under stone if he/she is not using social media to get updated.

  • http://www.davidsfinch.com David Finch

    I love Calibre and what it's suppose to do, but I can't get it to stop crashing while updating news subscriptions. Have you had this problem?

  • http://www.davidsfinch.com David Finch

    I love Calibre and what it's suppose to do, but I can't get it to stop crashing while updating news subscriptions. Have you had this problem?

  • http://www.ChristopherSPenn.com Christopher S. Penn

    Nope, but it's dependent on your version of Java – make sure you're very up to date.

  • http://www.ChristopherSPenn.com Christopher S. Penn

    Nope, but it's dependent on your version of Java – make sure you're very up to date.

  • http://www.ChristopherSPenn.com Christopher S. Penn

    Nope, but it's dependent on your version of Java – make sure you're very up to date.

  • http://danieljohnsonjr.com/ danieljohnsonjr

    The Stanza app on the iPod no longer works, but it seems that Calibre is still only set to sync on the iPod with that app. Are you still using Calibre to sync content to your devices? If so, can you recommend an alternative to Stanza that works for you?