How to get the news on the internet
You can get news via the internet in a number of ways, ranging from 24-hour news channels to your favourite daily papers. Current affairs, technology, hobbies, entertainment, sports – there’s up-to-date information on whatever interests you.
News via Google
Google’s ‘News’ search brings together all the top stories from a variety of sources. To start, go to Google’s home page. Click on the grid on the right-hand side and choose News from the drop down menu.
This brings up a page full of news headlines.
Type a particular search for news into the search box and Google will search news websites or the entire internet for stories related to that subject. Alternatively, you can select a news story from headings down the right hand side of the page, such as ‘Editor’s picks’ or ‘Recent’.
You can also make your search personal to you by clicking on the Personal Icon at the top of the screen and choosing the types of news items of interest to you.
On the main news page, under each story, there may be video available as well as which sites (including newspaper ones) are carrying the story and how many times the story has appeared in the media.
News from newspapers
Increasingly people are getting all their news from newspapers online. Most are free, but some require a subscription for some or all of their content. Here are some of the most popular:
News from broadcasters
If you’d like to watch news broadcasts with both video and sound, you can get this from such channels as the BBC, Sky News, CNN or Euronews.
To watch a video news broadcast such as BBC News Channel, click the Play button. Choose links on the right-hand side of the page to play other news stories.
To get local news, go to the BBC Local News website and click on a link for your area (if there is one), type in your postcode or city/town name or click on the map.
Many websites have what are known as ‘feeds’ or ‘RSS feeds’ signified by an icon (see right) that shows on your browser when feeds are available.
You need to subscribe to feeds and have to download a ‘feed reader’ such as Google Reader. When this is in place, headlines from different websites will come in as part of your Google account, and you won’t have to access those websites to keep up to date.
See our guide How to use an RSS or news feed for more information.
Debbie Brixey is a Digital Unite tutor in south London.