10 Sites Like Buzzfeed for Non Traditional News
A Thirst for News
If you didn’t already know, Buzzfeed is the de facto leader for delivering non-traditional news. That’s not to say the content they provide is not newsworthy, it is, it’s just not news with an agenda. According to a Business Insider report 90 percent of American traditional news sources are owned by just 6 corporations (Comcast, Newscorp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS.)
This seems a little unbalanced which is why many people love getting news from non-traditional sources. Buzzfeed is the most popular of those sources but our thirst for newsworthy articles is greater than what any one site can provide us. Here, I have compiled a list of 10 sites like Buzzfeed where we can quench that thirst for news.
This site bills itself as “Social Media with a Mission.” Upworthy focuses on stories and content that they feel truly matter and make a difference in this world. They must be doing something right considering their content is being engaged by more than 50 million people each month.
The stories they think matter are those that ensure women are seen as full equals, those that show social responsibility is more important than independent wealth, and those that make sure environmental issues outweigh celebrity selfies and cat videos.
Their content educates, inspires, and entertains by delivering relevant news and uplifting stories that make us feel good and want to share.
Unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard of news and stories being found on Reddit. In fact, Reddit is a aggregate source of news that is submitted by its users. Once a story is submitted, it is then voted on by other members and the highest rated stories are shown first.
Users can follow stories from the main page or they can follow what the community calls “subreddits” which are topics created by the users. Anyone can create a subreddit and users can then comment on or add information to a story by adding context or humor.
Great ideas can be found and shared here. In fact, one user answered a question: “What if a unit of current U.S. Marines are suddenly transported back to ancient Rome and forced to do battle with the Roman legions?” The answer was so inspiring to a film production company that they then hired the guy that responded to write a screenplay about it and now “Rome, Sweet Rome” will be made into a movie.
3. Viral Nova
This site produces content that reaches over 100 million users each month. They are a group of about 22 “scrappy Internet junkies” that want to provide positive stories and give an interesting spin on things happening in our world.
You don’t have to sign up for membership to enjoy their content; you can follow them on other social media such as Facebook or Twitter to get their most popular stories. They claim not to be political or have ulterior motives but when content is delivered by a select few, you can sometimes identify a definite slant, though most of their content is very informative.
This site focuses on delivering humor based stories and has a reach of over 300 million page views per month. It is owned by Demand Media, which owns eHow, Livestrong, Golflink, and others. Cracked is the most viewed humor site in the world.
Their content includes articles, videos, infographics, and a forum with a very active community. They also have an open call for writers. If you are funny, smart, and creative, then they will be willing to entertain a pitch from you and if your content is chosen for publication, they will pay you.
Here we have a site that is focused on celebrity gossip and finding faux pas in mainstream media news. They make between 20 and 30 posts per day from 10 subtopics and 5 blogs. You will find Silicon Valley news, Hollywood gossip, Book reviews, first-person accounts of real life events, Internet culture, Politics, Justice, and more.
Most of the stories come from anonymous tips and submissions from readers who found content on other blogs, but you will also find some original reporting mixed in.
This site does just what it name implies; it digs through the mass of internet content and delivers the most relevant and trending topics. You may remember Digg as being similar to Reddit where users would vote up or down on submitted stories but things have changed since the site re-launched in 2012. Now, top stories cannot be manipulated by teams of users. They have an editorial staff of 15 people that sort through the mass of information. Users can still vote a thumbs up as well as share the story on other social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter.
This site thinks of itself as a “Lifestyle Magazine for the Future.” The cover breaking science news, science fiction as an entertainment side of science, and stories they call “smart escapism.” They provide content that blurs the line between science fact and science fiction. They want to share innovations and breakthroughs but also be entertaining.
i09 is a blog owned by the site Gawker so if you would like to submit a story or a blog post you find online, you would have to go through the Gawker submission policy.
Through a mix of short articles, long features, and videos, Boing Boing delivers content devoted to the “weird” world of technology. This is one of the leading online magazines for geek culture. The site employs a small staff of editors but also accepts submission tips from its readers.
Much like i09, this site has a focus on themes that include technology, futurism, gadgets, and science fiction. It is a group blog and also has a component called Boing Boing TV where it produces video segments to entertain.
This site is a community based news aggregator where members submit links to stories and content they find all over the Internet. While approximately 100 of those stories are featured, all links get the opportunity to be viewed and engaged by community members.
The content that gets the most traction is stories that are politically slanted to the far left and to the far right. Stories that generate a lot of controversy seem to be the favorites by community members. If you submit such a story, it is possible to generate upwards of 300,000 page views in a single month which makes it a very popular site for content creators to bookmark their articles.
This is not a news source but I’m including it in this list because it delivers the 2nd most shared content on Facebook, right above Buzzfeed and below The Huffington Post. This is an Israeli based media company that has figured out how to generate tons of traffic through the creation of viral content.
Playbuzz specializes in allowing its members create quizzes. If you’re active on Facebook then you have surly seen one of these quizzes: “Who were you in a previous life?” or “What vehicle fits your personality?”
If you study their quizzes and make a few yourself; you will learn how to create viral content.
While most of these sites are delivering newsworthy content, they all have something similar; they know how to deliver content that goes viral. As a content creator, it is important to study what is working across several platforms.
Many of the sites mentioned above will entertain submissions and because of the massive traffic they receive, content creators would benefit greatly from getting their articles in front of the millions of viewers these sites attract.
If not for anything else, they are great sites to get alternative news stories and articles that you will not find in mainstream news or if you do find them they will be slanted with a political agenda. Choose your news, and enjoy.