It is actually an important question to ask yourself from time to time. If you want to make sure you are getting the whole picture you can't rely on a single news source. Bias is a difficult thing to account for and even the most professional of news sources are susceptible to it. The only real way to account for bias is to read/watch/listen to everything until you feel you have an accurate picture of events. And yes, this means consuming even biased or poorly done news reporting. The obvious reason being that you don't know what good reporting is if you have no clue what bad reporting is.
So I decided a few days ago I'd make a list of all the news sources I consume just to see if there are any blind spots.
Like many Millennials I'm finding less and less reason to even have a television. A fact that those in the television industry are only grudgingly acknowledging. Does this create an information blind spot? I don't know. Certainly, how one receives information can be just as important as the information itself.
My news sources:
General News Sources
My first stop in the morning is the CBC website. In general a good source but sometimes misses things. A minor pet peeve of mine is that they don't reveal the reporters who write most of their stories. The comment section tends to be a cesspool of ignorance, however.
The Edmonton Sun (Newspaper)
One of the three newspapers I've read regularity since moving to Fox Creek, AB. Is it right-wing? It can be. Is that a bad thing? Not if I keep in mind where their perspective is coming from. I can't really speak to the online version except to say that I find it hard to navigate.
Once again, I actually much prefer the magazine to the website (fine, call me a Luddite. I don't care). Maclean's has over the years been my go-to for an in depth look at whatever issue I'm looking at. I find it especially useful for info on what is happening on Parliament Hill.
Oh? One of these is not like the others. While you should be wary of user-generated content in general, it can be useful. Many interesting news articles have come to me through posts my friends made. Granted, your mileage may vary depended on who your friends are. Just don't tell them that.
Specialized News Sources
My second stop after CBC.ca is usually Techdirt. This is where I get my intellectual property, privacy, and information policy news. Now that I think about it I also get a fair amount of foreign affairs news here too. Often if a tech story shows up on CBC.ca I've already seen it here first. Sometimes it covers important Canadian topics that the Canadian media seem unwilling to cover.
As the name implies this site deals mainly with copyright issues and censorship. I've seen stories show up here, head over to Techdirt and finally have them show up on CBC.ca which amuses me. This is probably a function of its limited focus. Its limited focus does mean, however, that I tend not to go to this site as often as others on this list though.
My source for gaming news as well as the occasional science article. Although it is about 50% news, 50% entertainment. Still, that is 50% more news than the Fox News Network manages (there is my obligatory shot fired at Fox).
More like the funny pages of the newspaper rather than actual news. Still. From time to time some insightful stuff is posted. Or informative. Or simply weird. Sometimes all three...