2014-11-28

Favorite online newspapers and newsmagazines

Since I was a child in a small and remote town in the north of Japan, I have been quite addicted to newspapers as windows to the world. When I was a high school student, I was exposed to a new category of publications called weekly newsmagazines. Mainly for the purpose of improving my English I started subscribing to Newsweek, which I didn't understand much; being a university student, I switched to Time, which I didn't understand much, either. When I was still trying to learn Hebrew by myself back in Japan, I also dared to subscribe to Haaretz, which I didn't understand much, either. But these foreign newsmagazines and newspaper did remind me regularly of my determination to improve my knowledge of English and Hebrew.

In the meanwhile my English and Hebrew have improved a little. Now I choose which newspapers and newsmagazines to read mainly because of their contents, including their political inclinations (I must confess that I'm a conservative, or to be more precise, an anti-leftist).

The Internet has changed the way I read newspapers and newsmagazines. I use online three languages -- Hebrew, English and Japanese -- very actically in my life, two more languages -- Yiddish and Esperanto rather activelly, and three more languages -- Russian, German and French -- rather passively.

The following is a list of online newspapers and newsmagazines I check regularly in these three very active languages. I also check newspapers and newsmagazines in the other languages, but this is more for maitaining and/or improving my proficiency in them as I used to do as a high school student.

Israel and the Jewish World

  1. Haaretz
    • Newspaper
    • Israel
    • Hebrew
    • Commercial (partially free)
    • I subscribe to the online version of this newspaper in spite of the fact that it's too leftist for lack of a quality conservative newspaper in Hebrew.
  2. Jerusalem Post
    • Newspaper
    • Israel
    • English
    • Commercial (mostly free)
    • I subscribe to the online version of this newspaper.
  3. Mosaic
    • Online-only newsmagazine
    • United States
    • English
    • Free
  4. Tablet
    • Online-only newsmagazine
    • United States
    • English
    • Free

Japan

  1. Sankei
    • Newspaper
    • Japan
    • Japanese
    • Free
  2. Japan Times
    • Newspaper
    • Japan
    • English
    • Commercial (mostly free)
  3. iRONNA
    • Online-only newsmagazine
    • Japan
    • Japanese
    • Free
  4. Agora
    • Online-only newsmagazine
    • Japan
    • Japanese
    • Free
  5. Blogos
    • Online-only newsmagazine
    • Japan
    • Japanese
    • Free
  6. Irorio
    • Online-only newsmagazine
    • Japan
    • Japanese
    • Free

Rest of the World

  1. Economist
    • Weekly newsmagazine
    • United Kingdom
    • English
    • Commercial (partially free)
    • I subscribe to the online version of what I consider the best newsmagazine in the world.
  2. Financial Times
    • Newspaper
    • United Kingdom
    • English
    • Commercial (partially free)
    • I subscribe to the newsletter of what I consider the best newspaper in the world, which enables me to read many articles for free.
  3. Wall Street Journal
    • Newspaper
    • United States
    • English
    • Commercial (partially free)
    • I subscribe to the newsletter of what I consider the second best newspaper in the world, which enables me to read many articles for free.
  4. National Geographic
    • Monthly (news)magazine
    • United States
    • English
    • Free
  5. Times Higher Education
    • Newspaper
    • United Kingdom
    • English
    • Commercial (partially free)
    • I subscribe to the newsletter of this newspaper, which enables me to read many articles for free.
  6. Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Newspaper
    • United States
    • English
    • Commercial (partially free)
    • I subscribe to the newsletter of this newspaper, which enables me to read many articles for free.

Having prepared such a list, I now realized that actually I heavily rely not only on Israel and Japan but also on the United Kingdom and the United States in terms of the news I consume daily. Compared to United Kingdom and United States, Israel and Japan still lag behind in their respective degrees and even availabiliy of online and electronic publications. Being a small country, Israel has no quality newsmagazine in Hebrew in the first place. Japan, on the other hand, has a number of excellent newsmagazines in the print media, but few of them are available online. This country has too many what I consider stupid artificial barriers to be like the United Kingdom and the United States.