We use the websites for Capital Region news outlets all the time -- whether it's looking for stories to include in Morning Blend, or just to keep up with what's going on. And we've found some shortcuts to finding the way to the stuff we're really interested in: local news.
So, here are those shortcuts...
Just want the links without all the other stuff -- skip to the end.
And, just to acknowledge, we understand this post is being published from a glass house.
The TU is the most comprehensive of all the local news outlets and provides unparalleled local coverage of topics such as state politics. Unfortunately, much of this coverage is usually hidden behind features such as "Nickelodeon stars through the years" on the website's front page. So don't use the front page -- or, at least, just hit it and skip off it right away.
The good thing about these pages is that they present stories in an easy-to-scan stream that's more or less in reverse chronological order. So you can scan the page quickly to see what's new since you last checked. The TU also has a breaking news page, but that tends to include a lot of national stuff.
And if you're interested in state politics, there's Capitol Confidential, of course.
Yep, the Daily Gazette paywalls most of its stories. And, yep, we know that you find that irksome. It doesn't change the fact that the Gazette does good work and is a valuable part of the local media ecosystem and worth checking if you're seriously into local news. Example: The great article Kathleen Moore wrote back in August about how people were spending the money they got from exchanging food stamps for cash.
Somewhat like the TU, the Gazette's front page is maybe not as useful to the local news focused person as it could be. So, again, don't use it. The page you're looking is the "local news" tab under the (hard to use) top nav bar. That page shows stories in an easy-to-scan stream in reverse chronological order. There's also a local business stream, but most of its stories seem to end up surfacing on the local news page.
Oh, and about the paywall: That story linked above? We have a feeling it will work for you. Hmm...
Record and Saratogian
The Record and the Saratogian have the same owner -- Digital First Media. And both papers' websites got makeovers this week. They look a bit more modern. And, in our short experience with them, they're harder to use if you care about local news. (If we're missing the best way to use these sites, please let us know.)
The sites for the Record and Saratogian both previously had a "local news" page listing stories. These pages had faults -- the same story would be listed multiple times -- but they were the quickest way to see what the papers had posted.
The new websites now have a "news" page -- Record | Saratogian -- that includes local stuff, but also stories such as "'Carrie' calls out to all of us," a San Jose Mercury News article about the remake of the movie Carrie.
The most-focused local news pages on the new sites: the crime blotter.
The website for the Glens Falls-based paper is pretty straight forward -- there's an easy-scan local news page. (The Post-Star has a paywall, but it allows something like 10 free articles a month. It might be something for the Gazette to consider.)
The website for the local all-news cable channel also recently got a makeover. And it also looks a bit better. And it's also maybe a bit harder to find the good stuff.
If you're interested in local news, the page to hit is the Capital Region community news page.
State of Politics
The state politics show Capitol Tonight is also part of YNN, and its blog -- State of Politics -- corrals much of its coverage, along with other items.
The current form of News10 is the result of the merger between the news departments of WTEN and Fox23. The page you're looking for here is the local news page. It seems to be unnecessarily squeezed visually, but it gets the job done.
This one's easy: the local news page.
Local TV news websites have a reputation for not having the best design. And the CBS6 site isn't going to change that rep. We've found this site very hard to use, and as a result, we rarely link to CBS6 stories in Morning Blend. (It's not a comment on the coverage -- we just get frustrated trying to find it.)
Best path? Maybe the top stories page.
Albany Business Review
The Biz Review paywalls some of its content for subscribers, but there's a lot available to non-subscribers. It has an easy-scan local news page.
The Spotlight includes a string of small publications focused on specific areas of the Capital Region, such as Bethlehem and Colonie. And it has a nice website that's relatively easy to use. You're looking for the local news page.
A hyperlocal site focused on Saratoga Springs and aiming to compete with the Saratogian. It has a local news page.
The weekly has a news page.
New York Times
NYT covers state politics and sometimes will cover stuff upstate. If it does, the articles will usually end up on the NY/Region page.
Just the links
Daily Gazette: local news
Troy Record: news
Post-Star: local news page
News10: local news
WNYT: local news
CBS6: top stories (maybe)
Biz Review: local news
Spotlight: local news
Saratoga Wire: the local news page
Metroland: news page
NYT: the NY/Region page
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