With the demise of the Google Reader, the RSS Reader Feedly (free) has become a clear favorite among news fanatics and journalist alike. In the wake of Google’s announcement that it would shutter the Google Reader, Feedly reported 3 million users had created accounts for its service, I being one of them. Since then, I’ve become a Feedly-addict and check it constantly for updates and story ideas.
If you’re a journalist and you don’t use RSS feeds to aggregate news, you’re torturing yourself. There are so many sources of information out there, it’s nearly impossible to keep up on everything and still have time to, you know, report. Feedly allows you to aggregate the content you want and wrap it up into a sleek, user-friendly package.
Feedly and RSS feeds are essential for college journalists who wish to expand their reporting beyond typical, ‘this happened at this place’ event coverage and press releases. By following the reporting of sites like the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education and others, you can localize this data and in-depth reporting to your own campus. Your readers, who may not follow these sites and their reporting, need to know about national trends and higher-ed news. You can be the one to deliver it to them and learn something new in the process.
Below are some of the feeds I follow to stay informed. Subscribe and pass along any feeds you use in the comments section. You can also follow this blog’s feed at feed://inkstainedkeyboard.wordpress.com/feed/.
Hope everyone had a good weekend.
For national higher-ed news:
Chronicle of Higher Ed
Inside Higher Ed
New York Times Education page
Washington Post Campus Overload
University Business Magazine
For top big-school campus newspapers:
Daily Tar Heel
- Campus: http://www.dailytarheel.com/section/campus.xml
- City: http://www.dailytarheel.com/section/city.xml
- Crime: http://www.dailytarheel.com/section/crime.xml
- State: http://www.dailytarheel.com/section/state.xml
University of Florida
- http://www.alligator.org/search/?q=&t=article&l=25&d=&d1=&d2=&s=start_time&sd= desc&c%5B%5D=news*&f=rss
University of Oregon’s Daily Emerald
For resources, news and analysis:
Department of Education
National Association of Financial Aid Administrators
American Council of Trustees and Alumni
Education Writers Association
For journalism news and other stuff:
Center for Public Integrity
College Media Matters
- How-To: http://www.poynter.org/category/how-tos/feed/
- Social Media: http://www.poynter.org/category/latest-news/media-lab/social-media/feed/
- Generation J: http://blogs.spjnetwork.org/genj/feed/
- Campus Copy: http://blogs.spjnetwork.org/campus/feed/
- Tech: http://blogs.spjnetwork.org/tech/feed/
Innovation in College Media
Student Press Law Center
Data Driven Journalism
Online Journalism Blog
Guardian Data Blog
- If your college has a location where it posts press releases and events, subscribe to that RSS feed as well.
- Your local community newspaper, metro paper and Patch.
- Other local and state university newspapers and media operations.