How To Get Customized Local News

This one is for Daisy, who wants a local newsfeed without all the sports. What happened is she added the RSS feed of a local paper she likes to her Google Reader, was inundated with articles that didn’t interest her, and got disgusted.

Step 1. Go to Google News.

Step 2. Scroll down a little and on the right you should see a box something like this:

Google news local search box

Step 3. Enter the city, state or zip code of you preferred geographic location

Step 4. The local news will now appear in this section of the main Google News page. Click on its header, which should be a link along the lines of “Nashville, TN, USA.” At this point you could just click on the RSS link in the left margin and subscribe, but take a minute to fine tune.

Step 5. Scan the stories to see types you aren’t interested in. Me? I’m not too interested in NASCAR.

Step 6. At the top of the page, just to the right of the main search box, is small text reading, “Advanced news search.” Click on that.

Step 7. Note that the result retains your city, state or zip. Go to the “without the words” field and enter the terms you’re not interested in: NASCAR, murder, basketball, whatever…. Press enter, and voila, news without the bits you want to avoid.

Step 8. Now click on the RSS link in the left margin and subscribe to the results in Google Reader. You now have a NASCAR-free news feed.

2 Responses

  1. I could write volumes on just how little I get NASCAR. I wouldn’t even know how to dress for it.