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Below are sources for Australian and International news. They cover all aspects - international, national, local, business, sport, culture and other specialised areas.

There is a separate listing of news sources for children. These cover the same areas as above, but are presented at levels and in a manner designed for clearer understanding by young people.

In some instances, you need to be aware there may be content that is not suited for particular age groups. This is indicated when we are aware of this. It is particularly relevant when sites are based on commentary rather than factual reporting.


  • New ! ABC Listen
    ‘The ABC Listen app connects you to the best podcasts and live radio from the presenters you know and love’. Includes news programs such as AM, PM, commentary, more among the listing.
  • New ! ABC News
    News as presented on one of the new ABC channels.
  • ABC News Online
    Updated regularly during the day. Includes current affairs, breaking news, weather, sport, business, …
  • ABC News Radio
    Links to international newspapers, search engines and current affairs.
  • ABC Rural
    News, rural blog, weather, video, podcasts, features.
  • Australia Daily
    A compilation of news from Australia, created as part of the World News Network.

Australian News Blogs

  • Business Spectator
    ‘Breaking business news, commentary and all day analysis’.
  • Crikey
    Covers news in the areas of politics, media, business, opinion, “Sporty Lists” and “Your Say”. ‘Australia’s true insider noticeboard. It takes readers to the inner worlds of politics, government, business, media, sport, the law, arts, publishing, the entertainment industry and those dark places where decisions are made behind closed doors’.
  • Updated ! FOXSports
    Full news covering all major sports in Australia.
  • Updated ! Google News Australia
    Compilation of news from a variety of sources. Covers all areas - world, national, business, technology, entertainment, sports, health.
  • News Interactive
    Australian news from News Group.
  • The Huffington Post
    US based. This is the Australian version of the paper.
  • Updated ! World News Australia
    Created by SBS. Covers both national and international news.
  • Walkley Awards, The
    Awards for excellence in journalism [print and media]. Highly prestigious and eagerly sought.

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Children’s News Sources


  • Behind the News
    Created by the ABC [Australia] and designed to present the news in a usable format for all levels of Australian schooling. Predominantly suited to the primary sector.
  • Crinkling News
    ‘Crinkling News is produced by experienced, professional journalists. But we tell the news in child-friendly ways’. You need to subscribe. Fee-based.
  • New ! Kids News [Herald Sun]
    News items that will interest children, written for children.

Other Sources

  • BBC School Report
    ‘Gives 11-16 year-old students across the UK the opportunity to research and produce their own news reports’. Also try the World Class website.
  • Between The Lines
    ABC Radio National. ‘Between the Lines puts contemporary international issues and events into a broader historical context, seeking out original perspectives and challenging accepted wisdoms’. Multi-age presentation.
  • New ! Calling Bull.
    ‘The aim of this course is to help students navigate the bull-rich modern environment by identifying bull, seeing through it, and combating it with effective analysis and argument’. More suitable for secondary students.
  • CNN Student News
    From the 24/7 news online station. Primarily for students at high school level, it has links to relevant curriculum areas and subjects.
  • From Canada
    As well as news there are links to free music, information about classical music and more.
  • New ! Newsela
    ‘Stellar news tool connects kids to absorbing, levelled reads’. Suggested as suitable for ages 8 up.
  • Updated ! News for Kids
    From the Pitara Network. ‘Our world news for children is interesting, relevant, and about real people and happenings in a real world. Our world online news for kids covers issues we think are interesting for children’.
  • Newshour Extra
    ‘News for students and teacher resources’. Linked to the Newshour on the Public Broadcasting Service in the US. Well presented.
  • News-O-Matic
    ‘Daily Reading for Kids on the App Store. All articles available at 3 reading levels. First month free ! All articles are written by professional children’s writers and reviewed by a child psychologist before publication to ensure emotionally safe content’. USA.
  • Updated ! Scholastic News For Your Classroom
    Very US oriented. However, you can select by grade levels to target suitability.
  • Science News for Students
    ‘Science News for Students is a web site devoted to science news for children’.
  • New ! SmithsonianTweenTribune
    ‘Articles for kids, middle school, teens from the Smithsonian. Current events, lesson plans, quizzes, assessments’.
  • Student News Net
    From Encyclopaedia Brittanica, Some world news, but dominantly US based. Has additional items such as This Day in History, Weekly News Quiz, SNN Blog and more.
  • New ! The Learning Network
    The New York Times. ‘Every school day since 1998, we have offered fresh classroom resources — from lesson plans and writing prompts to news quizzes, student contests and more — all based on the articles, essays, images, videos and graphics published on’.
  • Updated ! Time for Kids
    By Time magazine and designed for children. As well as suitable news, it allows them the chance to Be a Reporter. A worthy site.

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Blogs & Podcasts

Digital News and Magazines

News or magazines provided digitally. Some direct, others via kiosks.

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General Sites

  • NewsIsFree
    Allows you to develop your own news delivery based on your preferences. Worth visiting for specific news on topics.

More than Just the News !

Breaking news, news reports, background information, controversial material.

  • Drudge Report
    Matt Drudge often has what others cannot or will not print, usually before others. Links to renowned reporters and other sources.
  • Updated ! Frontline PBS
    One of the best world news/current affairs programs. Breaking stories and more in their archive. Browse chronologically or by subject. Video presentations.
    Brilliant !
  • Frontline - World
    One of the highest ranking news shows on the Public Broadcasting Service in North America. Unafraid to tell it like it is. Expands on news items.
  • Updated ! Salon
    Up to date news, opinions, hot topics and links to other sites.
    May Need Monitoring For Young People, as some sections may offend.
  • Slate
    Covers news and opinions listed under daily headlines and topical areas. Unafraid on any topic.

Specialist News

World News

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