Feedly

Part of the Journalist Tools series

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1 First item: Feedly. Create an account (it's free) and then following the additional instructions below. Don't worry about populating it with news sources yet as we will be providing a good mix of sources to start with below.

2 Change a couple preferences in your Feedly before proceeding. On the left sidebar, scroll down to More (click it) Screen Shot 2016-06-09 at 12.52.13 PM

Then click Preferences:

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From there, select these settings:

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And scroll down further for these final settings in the "Mark as Read" prefs:

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Now you have your settings taken care of. Feedly will allow you to scroll through articles quickly, scan the titles, and once you've scrolled past an article, it will not show you that article again, unless you save it.

3Now, to fill up your Feedly with a variety of news sources. We've compiled a variety of sources at Underground Network that pull news from all over the place, from obscure sources to sources that provide alternate views of things. Go here:

and click the Add All button on each collection to add them to your Feedly feed.

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4Important note: some of the sources are somewhat fringe (like Global Research, for one) and you need to take their articles with a grain of salt (which is the way you should take ALL articles you read, by the way). They are included, because more often than not, they do offer very different perspectives than what the traditional news media is reporting, so it gives you that alternative perspective so often needed.

We'll include a list of news sources below (constantly evolving and being updated), with commentary on our feelings about using them as a source.