Friends often ask me for the best places to get news and information.

If you want to be informed, you have to read critically: that means you consider what is said and what isn’t said. You also have read informed views. The following offer balanced, researched, thoughtful articles. Their journalists are generally the best in their field with deep experience in their topics.

  • The Guardian (UK)
  • New York Review of Books (NYRB). Many of the articles are written by leading professors in their field.
  • London Review of Books (LRB). Excellent coverage of European politics and economic issues.
  • The New Yorker
  • The Christian Science Monitor. One of the top US newspapers
  • McClatchy. The best news agency in the US. Their blogs on China, national security,  and Washington are excellent.

I subscribe to the print editions of the NYRB, LRB, and the New Yorker (I strongly recommend this). I follow all of the others via the web daily.

Regrettably, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal are too light. They don’t offer in-depth, detailed stories.