Searching for News

Though I've always been a news junkie, I've been obsessed with the news since September 11th. Many others I've spoken with have said they're feeling a similar compulsion. News now seems more vital not only to understanding but in coping with a world suddenly gone strange.

This week, SearchDay's focus will be on online news. Though CNN, USA Today and the other major media sites all offer excellent news coverage, the Net is home to thousands of news resources and a myriad of delivery methods. Each day this week we'll look at a different aspect of online news. The goal isn't to provide a comprehensive overview -- an impossible task, anyway -- but rather to look at some excellent resources that may help broaden your news resources.

Today we'll focus on resources that provide breaking news, including newswire and headline aggregators, email alerting services, and desktop news tickers.

Later in the week we'll cover news search engines and portals, customized news sources, and sites offering alternative perspectives on the news.

- Breaking News and Headline Services

Reuters Breaking News
Breaking news from one of the world's largest news services.

The Wire
The WIRE is the news Web site of the Associated Press, its member newspapers and broadcasters.

1stHeadlines was created to provide one convenient central location where a user can quickly scan headlines from many news sources. The headlines listed on 1stHeadlines pages are links to stories on the sites where the stories are located. The goal of 1stHeadlines is to help readers access stories on web sites that they would normally not have time to view on a regular basis.

Moreover offers conditional free access to a limited database set that includes hundreds of popular and consumer-oriented sources. Non-commercial webmasters and developers are free to integrate any of these headlines into websites and applications.

Moreover provides the daily headlines for SearchDay. Another useful breaking news portal that pulls in headlines from Moreover is Newsdex,

- Email News Alerts

Many online news organizations offer email alerting services for breaking news. Three of the best are from CNN, The New York Times and the Washington Post. All three also offer daily headlines via email and other email alerts; the links below let you sign up for any or all of these services.

CNN Breaking News
Be the first to know with an email alert anytime there is a breaking news story at

NY Times Breaking News Alerts
Sign up to receive an email bulletin when a major news event occurs.

Washington Post News Alert
When major news breaks, we'll send email reports right to your computer from Washington Post staff writers and our news wires.

- News Tickers

News tickers are standalone apps that run on your desktop. When you see the headline of a story you want to read, clicking on it opens your browser window to the full story.

Newsline, the BBC's News ticker can sit anywhere on your desktop, and will automatically update throughout the day with the latest news, sport, travel, finance and weather.

Personalized, up-to-the-minute headlines from over 125 prestigious, distinct news sources.

News Alert
News Alert sends you breaking news from MSNBC in a small pop-up window. You get the latest headlines without a Web page.

Tomorrow: News search engines and portals. Stay tuned.

Search Headlines

NOTE: Article links often change. In case of a bad link, use the publication's search facility, which most have, and search for the headline.

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About the author

Chris Sherman is a frequent contributor to several information industry journals. He's written several books, including The McGraw-Hill CD ROM Handbook and The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can't See, co-authored with Gary Price. Chris has written about search and search engines since 1994, when he developed online searching tutorials for several clients. From 1998 to 2001, he was's Web Search Guide.