by Brandy D. Anderson
While Tumblr has long been the ‘go-to’ place for gifs and photos galore, an increasing amount of news and political blogs are popping up as well. While the big newspapers are pretty well represented on Tumblr, there are some other names that churn out better content, publications and blogs you may not be familiar with. Here are the four best news Tumblrs out there:
About: “Stay Relevant/ Media, pop culture, news, trends, photos + things we like. Subscribe to Newsweek here: www.newsweek.com/subscribe”.
Newsweek has been around for over eighty years and they provide “in-depth analysis and ideas about international issues, technology, business, culture and politics”. They print weekly English editions in the US, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. In addition, they also print papers in Korean, Polish, Serbian, Japanese, and Spanish. Their tumblr blog is an excellent way to get news bites and to find photos and links to their online content as well.
One recent article imagines what Donald Trump would be like if he gets elected as the 45th President of the United States: “On day one, Trump has already put his mark on the capital. He became the first president to tweet during an inaugural. ‘These protesters are bad guys. Really bad. Election’s over. Get a life. SAD!” There’s a blog featuring moving photos of the Eiffel Tower, Trevi Fountain, Brandenburg Gate, and Lyon Courthouse lit up in Brussels’ black, gold, and red as a sign of solidarity with the country following the March terrorist attacks. There are photos of former US President George W. Bush presenting acclaimed author Harper Lee with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. You’ll find a blog entry and photos covering the Youth Olympic Games, there’s a piece honouring Taxi Driver‘s 40 anniversary, and you can read all about “a strange yet beautiful symbiosis” where there “exists a weird relationship between butterflies, ants, and this parasitic plant”.
About: “The best of the U.S. and International Media”
This splashy tumblr page is the official blog for the influential print and online publication. Founded in 1995, THE WEEK first began in the United Kingdom before branching off to include an American edition since 2001. For a few years, in 2008 through 2012, THE WEEK also featured an Australian edition as well. The magazine covers world news, opinion pieces, news photography, and current events.
Every week the tumblr blog features the best photojournalism shots. There are political cartoons, the most recent one shows an orange-faced Donald Trump speeding through a crowd in a steamroller, an elephant is flattened in his wake with a few witnesses watching the scene while the rest of crowd is oblivious; the caption reads: “Frame-by-frame review of the video shows unmistakable contact”. Another cartoon shows Bernie Sanders leaning over the Portland podium, bird perched in front of him, and he’s asking the reader, “Any chance you’re a superdelegate?” During March, they brought you a series of “terrific short films”, including a funny look at “The 36 Questions That Lead To Love”. There are editorials about all sorts of different things, like one about filmmaker Terrence Malick: “Terrence Malick’s Profoundly Christian Vision” (and, of course, above the piece there’s a photo of Christian Bale from Malick’s recent movie, Knight of Cups). Another article discusses America’s gun culture: “Only In America: A Gun Concealed as a Smartphone”. There are also more personal editorials such as “I Quit My Job at a Fancy Manhattan Law Firm to Become a Cooking Intern in Spain”.
About: “The obsessive guide to impulsive entertainment. Be seen, get heard. Show us your city photos, tell us your subway secrets or share your neighbourhood tips.”
This isn’t a traditional news blog, it focuses almost entirely on news surrounding the Big Apple, but it’s an entertaining outlet for people who love cultural updates. In addition to Time Out New York, they also have blogs focusing on London (Time Out London) as well as the more general Time Out International and Time Out North America. You’ll find quirky news on Time Out, and you’ll get funny little tidbits and things to try out, like this recent share: “This phone number will connect you to a delightful random person in Sweden: ow.ly/10wW7i”.
If you’ve ever wondered “Just how big is New York compared to other countries?”, well then you’re in luck because a map shows you the comparisons. Another funny article tells you to “Watch what happens when this guy reads hilarious fake books on the subway” and the photo shows a man holding a large book entitled “Definitely Not Porn” in big, bold pink letters. There’s a news blog about “The largest outdoor climbing gym in North America” which recently opened in NYC, they let you know that Julia Child’s French cottage has just opened up for rent, and you’ll also find coverage of the Whitney Museum. There’s a story about the top ten record stores in NYC, you can read about “An Alamo Drafthouse Cinema [which] is coming to Brooklyn this summer”, and, perhaps best of all, they broke the news of a “permanent cat cafe” which is coming to Brooklyn soon.
About: “Welcome to the bleeding heart liberalism, Yankees fandom, Trekker and Lego geekdom and science nerdery and newshoundishness of BLOGGING via TYPEWRITER, praised by no less than ThinkProgress and Time Magazine and Buzzfeed and Comedy Central and Funny Or Die and it’s all true! Read all about me.”
This tumblr blog is a mix between straight news and newsy humour, although much of it verges on political satire (think Daily Show). A recent blog features a Stephen Colbert segment: “Today in ‘Federal Agencies That Donald Trump Wants To Get Rid Of”, another shows a photo ID card for “George Mason University”: “Law school name change. Original: The Antonin Scalia School Of Law, A.S.S.O.L.”.
Some non-satirical news stories include: “It’s not New York State that’s getting a $15 minimum wage by 2019. It’s only New York City”, the post goes on to say, “Some parts of the state won’t see $15 for another six years; most of the state won’t even see a $12.50 hourly wage until 2021 at the earliest. It’s a major win for the $15 minimum wage, to be sure. But don’t let Governor Cuomo fool you into thinking all of New York has won just yet”. There’s a gif set of comedian Adam Conover talking about the history of generational stereotypes and why they’re ridiculous. There are terrifying pictures from world tragedies, like the Brussels terror attacks last March. Some posts give ‘sound bites’ in the form of short quotes from political figures. There are also funny one-liners: “CNN projects Trump winning Illinois and North Carolina, meaning we are that much closer to the Apocalypse”. BLOGGING via TYPEWRITER is probably the most diverse news blog I’ve seen, with a great mix of satire and straight-up political talk.