Credible Resources for Staying Informed

All news is, by definition, newsworthy, but so far the news in 2021 has been particularly big and fast-paced, with the transition of power in Washington, DC, and the ongoing pandemic dominating the headlines. Whenever there is a major and evolving news story, staff at the library--including our reference staff and members of our Civic Lab team--look to reporting from credible journalists to help us learn what’s going on and what it means for our lives and our country.

As we watch ongoing developments in politics, the pandemic, and world events, we rely on a handful of great resources:

  • The Marshall Project, a nonprofit journalism organization that reports on the criminal justice system. They recently created a curated list of high-quality reporting on the events of the January 6 insurrection and beyond.
  • ProPublica, another nonprofit journalism organization. ProPublica has an excellent track record of in-depth reporting to understand the complexities and realities of major news stories.
  • AP News, the news site of the Associated Press, where reporters on the ground across the world first report stories that later get picked up by other news outlets.

Journalists provide analysis and context to understand what’s happening in our world. As you keep abreast of developing news, make plans for staying informed as news breaks. You can access many news resources for free with your library card--including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Access more news resources with your library card, and call, email, or chat with our staff if you have questions about using your library card to us these resources. Regardless of who holds elected office, we’re here to help you stay informed and make sure you have access to credible reporting to understand our world.