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Best News Websites for Students

What news sites can students trust? These great, classroom-friendly news websites 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 unbiased and well-researched, and they 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.

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TIME for Kids

Kid-friendly news/info resource can help boost brain power

Bottom line: News content is presented in a digestible format, which, along with educator guidance, can help kids learn about key current events and other topics.

NBC Learn

Video-centric resource good for discussion starters and research

Bottom line: There are a variety of worthwhile classroom applications for this interesting video content resource.

Smithsonian: TweenTribune

Trustworthy tween news site has cool classroom component

Bottom line: TweenTribune's questions, quizzes, and educator tools can help kids follow and understand the news; its content may work best with younger users.

National Geographic Kids

Stunning photos and in-depth stories of Earth's peoples and wildlife

Bottom line: This amazing collection of multimedia resources teaches kids about animals, habitats, countries, and cultures.


Kid-centric news site could use more comprehensive, timely content

Bottom line: While it doesn't provide complete news updates, analysis, or writing practice, KidsPost content makes for interesting, kid-themed reading assignments.


Absorbing daily news stories offer kids just-right learning content

Bottom line: Up-to-date, high-interest articles meet students right at their level: Use this robust tool to bolster students' nonfiction reading practice.

Science News for Students

Cool STEM articles make for fun, informative reading

Bottom line: Science News for Students articles are free, fascinating, and easy to read.

Channel One News

Kids' daily news site a solid starting point for nonfiction learning

Bottom line: Daily news content aimed right at kids is sure to engage, though teachers may want to bring their own additions to round out the site's curriculum.

Xyza: News for Kids

Subscription-based, kid-friendly news site keeps kids up-to-date

Bottom line: It's a useful starting point to spark interest in the news and build awareness of current events, but not as ideal for teaching media literacy skills.

CNN 10

Digestible and engaging news coverage for kids in 10 minutes

Bottom line: These 10-minute daily video segments can be used as a springboard to deeper discussions around media literacy.

Google News

Breaking stories, customizable home page take students inside the news

Bottom line: Although meant for an adult audience, it’s a fantastic tool to explore news stories and research current events.


News site aims to remove, expose political bias with mixed success

Bottom line: This site can make it easier to show students how news gets interpreted from multiple viewpoints, but teachers should encourage students to think critically about Knowhere itself.

KQED Education

Great news and classroom resources support both teachers and students

Bottom line: With some organizational adjustments, the site could be an exceptional place for both kids and teachers to find educational inspiration.


Media museum’s site offers timely resources mixing history and civics

Bottom line: Filled with primary sources, daily content, and lesson plans, this is a valuable site teaching news and media literacy, especially the value of a free and independent press.

Youth Radio

A stellar take on the news from diverse kid journalists

Bottom line: An outstanding place to find fresh voices and NPR-quality content created by kids.


Digital news source builds literacy and measures progress

Bottom line: A top-notch digital news source with interactive features; a good tool to add value as students learn critical-thinking and close-reading skills.

The Learning Network

Process current events through engaging NYT-style lens

Bottom line: From a trusted news organization with its finger on the pulse of the world, this free resource can be a reliable source of activities and ideas for current event discussions.

PBS Newshour Extra

Accessible, interactive site for news that piques teens' interest

Bottom line: PBS Newshour Extra isn't necessarily exciting, but it does an excellent job of presenting the news in a way that's accessible (and, more important, interesting) to teens.


Engage with passionate international perspectives from youth

Bottom line: Offers a rich variety of news and opinion stories on global issues, and its young writers will get U.S. students hooked on civic engagement.

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