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Beaconfire Survey: The News

, Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Periodically, we do a survey of Beaconfire staff to get impressions on a variety of non-profit technology issues. All opinions expressed here are solely those of their authors. With so much talk about the “death” of traditional news media and the growth of online alternatives, we asked our staff: How do you get your daily news? Do you still read a newspaper?

Susan, Administrative Assistant: When I was taking the metro, I would count on the Express for my daily news.  Now that I’m driving again, it’s all about WTOP news radio.

Amy, Functional Consultant: Indeed, I read the Washington Post every morning on my commute.  Sometimes, if I glance a picture or graphic in The Express over another commuter’s shoulder, I might read a little of that, too.  During the day I get my news from various news feeds on my iGoogle page – particularly CNN.com Headlines and “Top Stories” which pulls headlines across an array of providers (Bloomberg, The Post, The NY Times, Wall Street Journal, etc).

Tim, Functional Consultant: I haven’t read a paper in years.  During the day I get news via RSS feeds that I follow in Google Reader.  I listen to NPR radio shows via podcasts which I listen to during my commute.  Since picking up an iPhone, I increasingly get news via NPR, WSJ, Washington Post, and other apps.  In the evening I watch Jon Stewart who rounds out my daily news picture.  For real in-depth analysis, I read monthly and weekly magazines (Harpers, the New Yorker, and The Economist).

Andy, Project Manager: Every day I read DemocratandChronicle.com for local news, the Washingtonpost.com for national and political news, and search Google News for economic and financial stories of interest to me. I also read the print version of the Economist every week religiously.

Kristin, Project Manager: I listen to news radio on my drive in. Otherwise, re: papers, only on Sundays…it’s a luxury to sit down and read a paper these days…

Marissa, Functional Consultant: I get a Sunday Newspaper, but I don’t really read it for the news – I read it for that “Easy Like Sunday Morning” feel. I have an RSS Feed set up to send me local news. As for National News, I don’t have a specific way I follow it. I’m on the Internet all day, so somehow the really big news always trickles down to me somehow. I’m ashamed to admit it, but my most steady source for National News is the Daily Show.

Jeff, Principal Consultant: Yes newspaper every day. Something about seeing stories I wouldn’t normally choose to read.  I also use the AP news widget on blackberry when I don’t have the paper or want to see newer headlines.

Ali, Marketing Consultant: Washington Post online in the morning.  Facebook status updates in the evening.  Blogs on the weekends.  I spend about 2 minutes scanning the Post in the morning and click “read later” for articles that interest me.  This tags them to Instapaper on my iPhone so I can read them on the metro on the way home.  At night, I usually scan status updates for articles, blog posts or videos friends have found interesting.  I let them serve as an information filter.

Lynn, Principal Consultant: I use my Blackberry a lot and use the Google News Reader.  But I still enjoy sitting down with the physical newspaper over my morning breakfast.

Shiloh, Marketing Consultant: During the week I listen to NPR and supplement with my Facebook feed (my friends know what kinds of articles I’m interested in) and, if I’m lucky, episodes of the Daily Show/Colbert Report to put it all in perspective. I read the newspaper but only on weekends.

Amadie, Marketing Consultant: On the weekends, I love to sit down with the print newspaper – the Post on Saturday and Sunday, and the Sunday New York Times – and read them pretty much cover-to-cover. During the week, though, time is very limited. I follow several reputable national and local news sources on Twitter and scan the headlines throughout the day, and catch the top of the hour news on the Today Show while getting ready and the Daily Show each evening.

Jo, Marketing Consultant: I used to read the paper on the metro every morning, but I find it too big and awkward to read in a crowded train.  Now, I read the Washington Post via their mobile site on my way to work, supplemented with blogs later in the day.  And, of course, I need my dose of fake news from the Daily Show.

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