News Engagement Day

Tuesday, Oct. 4, will be News Engagement Day. Started by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2014, it’s an “effort to make engaging with news a national priority.”


As a college professor and former working journalist, I usually find few students in my classes who say they regularly keep up with the news. After providing some gentle admonishment, I explain how important it is to watch, read, or listen to news sources regularly.

To help them along, and to give them some extra incentive to explore a variety of foreign news outlets, I’ve given them an extra credit assignment: critique some international news. We’ll discuss their thoughts on News Engagement Day next Tuesday.

I’ve provided a similar list on this blog before, but here are their choices:

Television News Organizations

Arirang TV (South Korea) —

Press TV (Iran) —

France 24 (France) —

NHK World (Japan) —

CCTV (China) —

RT (Russia) —

ND TV (India) —

Audio News Programs

The World (U.S. and U.K.) —

Inside Europe (Germany) —

Newshour (U.K.) —

Web-based News Organizations

The Guardian (U.K.) —

The Straits Times (Singapore) —

The Jerusalem Post (Israel) —

The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) —

South China Morning Post (China) —

Hong Kong Free Press (Hong Kong) —

This list is nowhere near comprehensive, of course; it’s designed as a starting point for students who rarely, if ever, look to non-U.S. news sources for information. If other English language news programs/organizations are an indispensable part of your news media diet, I’d love to hear about them.


Butler Cain is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Communications at the University of North Alabama. He received a Ph.D. in Media History from The University of Alabama and is a former professional journalist and broadcast news director.

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