This sidebar to When push comes to news appeared in the May 1997 issue of The American Journalism Review.
Internet news services can custom-tailor your news and deliver it fast. They work well as supplements to your news diet, but they can’t yet compete with print media’s portability or with television news’ visual impact.
Following are the major players in the push news landscape. All of the services or programs are free to the user, though on rare occasion some material — like the Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition — requires a separate subscription. All will do Windows on your PC, with Mac versions available or in development for most. Better hurry with that download, though. Some of these start-ups may be gone within a year.