August 30, 2005: Reports from New Orleans have been rolling in, and newspaper headlines all over the country announce the disaster.
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Information continues to be reported on television, radio, and the Web. Some analysis and expert commentary is becoming available, but many facts are still unclear.
Newspaper articles and blog posts about an event can provide a little more clarity and content than the up-to-the-minute breaking news reports of the day before. The facts have had a bit of time to settle, though many details are still unclear. While these sources of information usually begin to appear the day after the event happens, they may continue to be published days or even weeks down the road.
The authors of newspaper articles and blog posts are almost always journalists or laypeople, not scholars or specialists. In general, non-editorial newspaper articles will strive to present an objective view of events, while blog posts are more often opinionated.
Individual newspapers usually post most of their content online for free, but special content and archives of past stories may be available only to subscribers. Some sites also require you to register to read articles. Examples of online newspaper sites include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and BG Views.
The BGSU research databases give you access to hundreds of full-text newspaper articles.
Blog posts often feature opinions, analysis, and discussion, and you'll usually find a lot of links to online news articles and other blogs. Remember that anyone can create a blog, so it's a good idea to follow those links and double-check the facts.
How can you tell if a blog is a good, reliable source? These links have some tips to help you evaluate them.