By ALEX FRUIN
I like the news: reading it in the paper, watching it on television, hearing it on the radio; for me, you just can’t go wrong with news. Ideally, I would wake up each morning with endless amounts of time to spend watching my favorite morning shows while reading multiple newspapers, magazines, and anything online that struck my fancy. But alas, as a journalism student, this life is simply a fantasy. In reality, while you are expected to know all the latest local, national, and international stories, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to peruse a ton of newspapers and watch every show you’d like to.
While the site certainly is no replacement for the quality of story you find in a publication like The New York Times (nor is it nearly as soothing as the voice of Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos), a few minutes on Newser can provide you with the day’s top stories. As a news aggregator, Newser finds the top stories of other websites so that you don’t have to; additionally, Newser provides you with a condensed version of the story—in three paragraphs or less.
The top searches of each day are found as tabs across the top with the top stories of the moment below it, each with a picture and a headline. Once you find yourself reading one of the condensed Newser stories, there are always options for more information (i.e., YouTube videos, extra photographs) and a link to the original story.
I first encountered Newser last year when the national WeMedia Conference came to Miami, bringing hundreds of media employees to the UM campus for speeches and panels. One of the main speakers was Vanity Fair columnist, Michael Wolff, who, having spent much of his time in the print media world, realized that the internet was the most important of the new platforms in the world today as so many older mediums converge. With this idea, he developed Newser, allowing any busy person who wants to keep up with the news the opportunity to do so.
I’m not a huge fan of news aggregators; in fact, I typically dislike most of the ones I find. I would prefer to be able to read my news from the paper each morning, watch the network evening news programs each night and be satisfied with the amount of information I receive each day. Yet, in such a fast-paced media world, if I want to stay current on events, sometimes I have to turn to the news aggregators in order to find the information I need — and Newser is a great place to start.