The places I tend to get my news from are:
- Posts by friends on Facebook.
- PBS and OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting) on TV the internet and the radio when driving.
- Local News Stations on TV
- Other news sources are: Science Daily, Scientific American, Slashdot and Discover Magazine online
- I occasionally watch or read articles from more mainstream news sources like the Washington Post, Deutsche Welle, BBC, New York Times, Welt Online
I do come to T|A quite often to see what the perspectives of people here on T|A are and I do especially enjoy the Sunday School posts by Nelson they are very informative. I am a news hound so T|A hasn't increased my awareness it's just given my awareness a new set of perspectives... perspectives devoid of god and religion which is refreshing as it seems that theistic perspectives are over represented not only in media we consume in the US but media from other places too. I am in the current events group but I haven't as of yet spent much time exploring and interacting in the groups. I do repost articles members of T|A have brought to my attention on Facebook (I do not have a Twitter account) but I do not have my T|A and facebook account linked since I'd prefer to keep them separate since I do not want my facebook to become a place for people to debate with me and I use facebook to mainly to share things I like and to communicate with friends and family. Anyways I hope that answers your questions and I am curious to see the responses of others.
Twitter comes first the live feed is the best way to get news on anything happening after that BBC to confirmed the accuracy of the news. I tend to RT & post a lot of science/news on twitter & facebook most of the kids my age probably don't know or care about what happened in Japan it's sickening these kids are the future.
I do have several apps that inform me about news articles i.e, Discovery News BBC etc..
I agree we do view things differently, a aussie friend of mine who mind you is religious herself, she asked why people hate or don't allow gay marriages to happen. Simple because "holy scripture" tells them it's wrong that's why.
I always question the nature of everything, i wonder would atheist if in charge would allow fossil fuels to be our main source of energy, it takes me to the scene in 'The Walking Dead' episode 6 when the scientist is telling them how stupid it was to relay on such a limited source. Promise you one day we will laugh at the fact that we once lived in a world when the majority was blind to faith.
I get my news via blogs and Twitter and sometimes Reddit. Occasionally I see something new posted on Facebook. Occasionally I see something interesting in a mailing list email. I very rarely look at mainstream news and it's always via a link on a social media site. When that happens I immediately try to find the source of the info and go there if it exists. I can't stand Time and CNN and Fox and all that crap. Not only are they usually days or weeks behind, they simplify everything because of their general audience (and perhaps assumption that everybody is stupid). The only time I ever see news on TV is when I'm at the dentist and it always reminds me how much I hate both mainstream news and modern television show editing.
I do sometimes read paper magazines but they aren't about general news, they're about science and engineering.
I do it old school , I read two newspapers everyday ,usually in the evening ... as for the internet , yes ,but only for general knowledge .. sometimes I come across some good stuf on facebook ... but ,afte all, facebook for me is only for entartainment and chatting .... news on Tv ? only if i have enough time on breakfast and this is rare ... TV is for MTV or nothing lol ... oh, I almost forgot , youtube too !
I have not had much time to keep up on topical events lately. But when I do, I try for a wide variety of sources, depending on the subject. Since all news is filtered to one degree or another, I find it is beneficial to gather information and view the topic in context of that aggregate data. It is not unlike the example of three blind men stumbling across an elephant and trying to guess what it is by touch. Each guessing alone will have different answers, but analyzing their collective data will yield a much more accurate picture.
Also, I try to find the information closest to the source. So, blogs that link to blogs that link to stories with no links to the source material are usually discarded. Analysis that directly reference sources (e.g. link to the full text of a proposed bill) tend to provide much more reliable information in my experience.
T|A does provide some novel news information to me from time to time, but often it is something I have already seen around the atheist blogosphere or other news sources.
I've gotten my news from the net for well over a decade now. I've rarely had anyone with whom I could have serious discussions. I think the biggest change I've encountered since joining TA is that I now have a lot more people to discuss things with. Nelson's Sunday school is a great source for good reading on all sorts of topics, and I usually don't finish my 'lesson' before the week is almost up and it's time for the next.
I think what I enjoy most here is reading other people's blogs. I used to hate blogs because so many were based on pop-culture crap. Most people here seem to have deeply considered and developed views on an incredibly eclectic range of disciplines.