April 25, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Five Resources for Global News | Librarian Curated

Do your students know where to find news from around the world? Exposing them to multiple perspectives of events and issues helps students develop critical thinking skills and become more globally aware citizens.Through the use of high-quality media sites, students can deepen their understanding of world events and cultures. Many websites curate world news, providing access to stories outside the mainstream media.

As the librarian for Primary Source, a nonprofit organization devoted to advancing global education in schools, I often presented professional development workshops on finding and using global resources with students. Below are five free websites featuring news and media content from around the world that I have found to be of great interest to teachers and students. Introduce these sources to your teacher peers, feature them on your library website, and share them with students.

World news

Global Voices 

gv-logo_350WGlobal Voices, a website written, translated, and curated by over 800 citizen journalists and media experts, features blog posts and articles about current issues from around the world. Browse the site by topic or region. Each country included in the site has its own page and RSS feed, and the site is available in 43 languages. Use the site with students to learn about and research current events and citizen stories.

With an extensive FAQ, this site is a high-quality resource offering local and often underreported stories.


NewsMap_600WNewsmap, a project of design engineer Marcos Wekamp, shows trending news in 15 countries in real-time. Color-coded based on the topic (world, technology, business, sports, etc.), the site uses different sized boxes to illustrate trends—the bigger the box, the more news stories. Turn countries and topics “on” or “off” based on how much information you want to see. Compare trending topics in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, and other countries. Since the site displays news based on each country’s language, this is a useful site for world language learners to practice reading skills. 

TV News Archive 

For televised news clips from 2009 to the present, the TV News Archive, a project of the Internet Archive, contains clips from over 700,000 shows. Use this site with students to compare and contrast how certain events are reported across media outlets. Results can be filtered by date, outlet, and language. The timeline slider allows users to capture news reports from specific dates. For example, if students are researching the 2011 Arab Uprisings in Egypt, search for Cairo, then narrow results to January 25, 2011, to find news reports from the beginning of the Egyptian revolution. The timeline tool provides a persistent link that can be added to websites, making this a useful way to provide students with a set of sources to analyze for classroom discussions or research projects.

The TV News Archive also features a Special Collections section and the previous day’s trending news.

Regional news sources


Al-Monitor_350WAl-Monitor.com, a service of Al-Monitor, features news from the Middle East translated into English from Hebrew, Turkish, Persian, and Arabic. Covering culture and society, business, and politics, this site provides multiple views of current events in the Middle East. Browse the site by “Pulse” —for example, the Egypt Pulse or Syria Pulse—for country-specific headlines and issues. The Week in Review features an interactive timeline of stories about the Middle East from 2013 and 2014 and highlights the previous week’s top stories.


AllAfrica_350WAllAfrica.com, a website operated by AllAfrica, aggregates news from over 130 African news outlets and publishes content by their own reporters. Browse news by country or topic. Topics include business, development, entertainment, sports, and current issues affecting the continent.

Use this site to have students read and learn about Africa from African perspectives. The country pages can be an excellent way to compare top headlines across countries, demonstrating the diversity of African countries, issues, and peoples.

Use one or all of these sites with middle and high school students to introduce them to multiple perspectives of current events and world news.

For additional world news resources, check out the following sites.

Jennifer Hanson (@libraryjenn) is the Director of Library Services at Worcester (MA) Academy. She is the former librarian at Primary Source in Watertown, MA, where she led workshops for educators on using multicultural literature in the classroom, finding and evaluating information, teaching with primary sources, and using technology in the classroom. Hanson was Communications Chair of the ISTE Librarians Network from 2012-2015.