I like to keep up on the news, but the way I do it varies. Most of the time, it's from the blare of the TV in the other room or the radio. I know that's like cheating. It's like the Cliff's Notes of news. But when I have more time, I will read some news sites on the Internet, listen to podcasts and read the newspaper, that is the paper-newspaper. You know, the one that leaves ink on your fingers. My favorite though, is to read the Sunday, New York Times (the paper version).
Well, this won't exactly leave ink on your fingers but, the New York Times now offers another way to read the news. They now offer Geo-coded news. Via Google Earth, you can read your news based on geography. When you launch Google Earth, make you sure you have Geographic Web turned on. I would recommend also turning off all of the other folders and layers. Then just click on one of the NY Times placemarks. And, according to the Google LatLong Blog, the layer is updated every 15 minutes. I think this is pretty cool and worthy of a look.
On another note, I find it interesting to learn how others get their news. Since it is so easy to avoid the ink, I often wonder how many people still turn the pages. I asked this question on the Ask 500 People website and the responses came in. It was fun to receive the responses, though not sure quite how scientific the "survey" actually is. If you click through this link, you can see the responses by country (click the results tab at the bottom) and if people left comments you can see those as well.
I'd like to hear from you. How do you get your news?