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Best News Websites for Students

What news sites can students trust? These great, classroom-friendly news apps and sites can give students different perspectives on key current events. There are picks on this list for students of all grade levels with appropriately adjusted content. For those sites that target developing readers, the reading levels are dialed down but not dumbed down. Most importantly, all of these options have a few key things in common: they're un-biased, well-researched, and dig into a host of topics that students will naturally gravitate toward.

If you're interested in increasing your students' news literacy skills, make sure to check out our News and Media Literacy Toolkit as well as our Turn Your Students Into Fact-Finding Web Detectives page.

TweenTribune Visit Website: http://www.tweentribune.com
Trustworthy tween news site has cool classroom component
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
National Geographic Kids Visit Website: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com
Stunning photos and in-depth stories of Earth's peoples and wildlife
Grades 1-6
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
News-O-Matic for School, 2016-17 Nonfiction Reading Publisher: Press4Kids
Flexible, interactive daily stories for elementary school students
Grades 2-5
Type App
Price $6.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
News-2-You Publisher: AssistiveWare
Draw kids into weekly news with powerful symbols and voice narration
Grades 2-6
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Newsela Visit Website: https://newsela.com/
Absorbing daily news stories offer kids just-right learning content
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Science News for Kids Visit Website: https://student.societyforscience.org/sciencenews-students
Cool STEM articles make for fun, informative reading
Grades 3-8
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
Xyza: News for Kids Visit Website: http://www.xyzanews.com
Subscription-based, kid-friendly news site keeps kids up-to-date
Grades 5-9
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
CNN 10 Visit Website: http://www.cnn.com/cnn10
Digestible and engaging news coverage for kids in 10 minutes
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
KQED Education Visit Website: https://ww2.kqed.org/education/
Great news and classroom resources support both teachers and students
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Newseum Visit Website: http://www.newseum.org
Media museum's site mixes history and civics, teaches about journalism
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Youth Radio Visit Website: http://www.youthradio.org
A stellar take on the news from diverse kid journalists
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
TimeEdge Visit Website: timeedge.com
Digital news source builds literacy and measures progress
Grades 7-8
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
The Learning Network Visit Website: http://www.nytimes.com/learning
Process current events through engaging NYT-style lens
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
PBS Newshour Extra Visit Website: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra
Accessible, interactive site for news that piques teens' interest
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Your Commonwealth Visit Website: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org
Engage with passionate international perspectives from youth
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
New York Times App Publisher: The New York Times Company
Easy access to news, but most content is available only to subscribers
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
NPR News Publisher: NPR
Top-notch digital content takes students beyond the airwaves
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4