Our first introduction to news aggregators was The Skimm, which definitely falls into the ‘cheeky’ news aggregator category. The writers offer the daily scoop on the latest news with a great sense of humor and a distinctive ‘voice’. It is the latter detail that makes it different from other news aggregators. Most news aggregators are apps and sites that gather news from different sources and post the consolidated news events daily, as opposed to writing and researching the news stories themselves. Some news aggregators are focused on a topic like sports, politics and so forth. The Skimm covers international and national news, and sometimes a sports, pop culture or social event. It is written entirely by Skimm staff.
I read The Skimm, but I also love to read The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal every day in hard copy. Many people have given up their hard copy newspapers and read them online. Other people have given up newspapers in any form and just read several news aggregators. Newspaper publishers are concerned that news aggregators will cause them to lose readership and advertising, and they might be right. Aggregator apps are certainly changing the way people are consuming news. They also have changed the way news is discovered, distributed and packaged.
If you would like to add to your news synopses, here are some other news aggregators you might like to check out.
Flipboard was launched in 2010 and now has more than 100 million users in just five years. It has partnered with the Financial Times, Vanity Fair, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. It is part magazine and part news app and is visually very appealing. It gathers content from social networks, news publications, and blogs.
Vox Sentences, a general interest news site, was launched in 2014 and is focused on delivering a handful of top stories from some of the best news agencies. It covers politics, international affairs, pop culture, science and business. As the name says, each piece will distill the issues into a few sentences, an easy way to be briefed about the news of the day. The link to the original article is provided if the reader wants more in depth information.
Slate is an online daily news magazine founded in 1996. They provide general interest analysis and commentary on politics, business, technology, sports and culture. Like The Skimm, they provide their own witty take on each day’s events. They do not break news stories but rather help their readers analyze and interpret the news through Slate’s entertaining writing.
Quartz Daily Brief was founded in 2012 for business people. They cover the ‘new global economy’ and report on all topics important to business professionals. They do all the news reporting and writing in house and are based in New York City. They have correspondents and staff in London, Paris, Indonesia, Los Angeles and Washington D.C.
Need2Know is a daily free email that is truly a news aggregator. The staff combs through all the news stories covering news, sports and entertainment. They decide what’s really important, write news summaries and cite which news sources they relied on with links to the original stories. The site describes what they deliver as “news over easy”.
Zite calls itself a ‘smart’ magazine because it registers what articles interest you and curates its content around your reading preferences. It brings you current events and new and important ideas. There are over 40,000 topics to choose from – football, gardening, gun control to name a few. Anything you are interested in is covered by Zite and once the site learns your interests, you will be up to date on everything you want to know about. Flipboard has just acquired Zite to leverage the software Zite has that allows for personalization.
News360 is another news aggregator that focuses on learning what kind of stories their readers are interested in and adapting the articles it pulls in accordingly. They source mainstream news sites as well as niche outlets. It is a newsfeed that covers all areas of interest.
Digg has an editorial staff that find relevant and compelling stories to deliver to their readers. The source of each story is provided and you can follow the ones that become your favorites on this site. They use many, many sources for their images, audio, video and text. You can save stories for offline reading.