19 November 2021 • 6 min read
With over 6,000 different cryptocurrencies, 1,000s of dApps either in use or development, around 30 blockchains, and over 40 million blockchain wallets, it can be hard for even the most dedicated crypto news junkies among us to keep track of the latest developments.
All news isn’t created equal either. Between fake news, PR hype, or simply bad reporting, traders, enthusiasts, and even crypto tire kickers need to be able to rely on a steady stream of informed, up-to-date information from reliable sources, which is why we’ve put together the following list of the best crypto news websites.
In addition to the usual suspects (typically, the sites with “Coin” in their name), we’ve included a number of sources that you won’t find on similar lists circulating around the interweb. In no particular order, below are some of the best crypto news websites.
Founded in 20103, CoinTelegraph is one of the most trusted sources of news from the crypto industry. Whether it’s the latest developments in Bitcoin, blockchain, DeFi, NFTs, or policies and regulations, CoinTelegraph’s comprehensive coverage is an excellent place to start your day. If you’re new to crypto, then their “Cryptopedia” section contains a wealth of informative “101” articles, while their digital CoinTelegraph Magazine “delves much more deeply into the stories, trends, and personalities that inspire cryptocurrency and blockchain conversations around the world.” And the moment you land on their website, you’ll notice their unique visual style, with artwork and illustrations that set them apart from other sites.
As they write on their website, CoinDesk aims to be “the most influential, trusted media platform for a global community engaged in the transformation of the financial system and the emerging crypto economy.” They’ve clearly set their sights high and, by most accounts, frequently rate among the best platforms in the cryptosphere for news, events, data, and research. Only a cursory glance at their homepage reveals a content-rich space, with sections for markets, business, tech, policy, indexes, TV & videos, podcasts, a “Crypto Explainer+,” events, and research. They also have a global outlook, with coverage that includes crypto mining in Kazakhstan, China’s crypto crackdown, and NYC’s crypto mayor.
The first thing you should know about Bitcoin Magazine is that it’s an actual print magazine. If you feel like disconnecting from your devices and enjoying the tactile feeling of holding a magazine and flipping through its pages, then you might consider taking out an annual subscription to this quarterly magazine. Everyone else can get their digital fix of Bitcoin-related news by sticking to the magazine’s website, which offers timely information about Bitcoin and blockchain developments. Founded in 2012 by Mihai Alisie and Vitalik Buterin, the creator of Ethereum, Bitcoin Magazine is one of the oldest publications of its kind. If it’s Bitcoin-related information that you’re seeking, then you’ll likely find it here.
Any news website that has its own manifesto is a website worth a look. Decrypt’s core mission is to demystify the decentralized web and it is making significant strides with its clear, well-curated coverage of business, politics, art, culture, technology, education, and the latest news. Although some reviewers grumble about the platform’s app, Decrypt’s website itself offers a clean reading experience. As an added bonus, content is also available in Spanish. One of the nicer features of the site is its “collections” section in which they explore big ideas and emerging trends (e.g. “DeFi Friday,” “Zero Knowledge,” “Crypto in China,” and “Dao Diary,” among others.
With the byline “News and Insight for the Digital Economy,” The Daily Hodl offers an independent news source for cryptocurrency and blockchain, with a focus on Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Binance Coin markets. They are also committed to transparency, with sponsored or paid content such as press releases categorized under their “Crypto Livewire” section. Notable sections include “Futuremash,” which anticipates industry trends, and “Scams,” which covers the darker side of the cryptosphere. And be sure to check out their “Daily Hodl Mix,” an aggregator of independent and mainstream video content from around the web.
While they may not be reinventing the wheel when it comes to news websites, the team at Bitcoinist continues to do a solid job of creating quality information about Bitcoin, digital currency, and blockchain technology. From acceptance, investment, regulation, and reviews related to Bitcoin and altcoins to more general coverage of fintech, blockchain, and security, there’s quite a range of useful information for audiences with diverse interests. And beginners will surely benefit from Bitcoinist’s informative “How To” section. Notable downsides to the site, however, include links for playing games and slots (we’d definitely give those a pass). Just give us the facts.
The editorial staff behind DailyCoin are true fintech believers. As they write, “We believe that crypto, and Bitcoin in particular, is here to stay. We think that it will redefine how we understand money and value in general. Our vision is that cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies will become inseparable and an important part in doing business or exchanging value.” The site itself offers a clean layout with nice visuals, all of which complements their content. For a deeper look into the processes behind cryptocurrency, tech, and gaming industries, check out their “Analytic” section, which they update regularly. And their educational “Cryptopedia” category offers clear and simple explanations on how the crypto world works.
Founded in 2018 and based in NYC, you’d be well advised to take a trip around The Block. Offerings include their website, a newsletter, their podcast “The Scoop,” and hosted third-party events, with a focus on how fintech interacts with traditional finance, technology, governments and markets. One particular feature, “The Block Research,” caught our eye. With various membership levels (from free to corporate), the program covers digital assets including the latest projects, industry maps, market infrastructure trends, the intersection of fintech and crypto, and CBDCs, among other things, going beyond the news to give organizations tailored, in-depth research and analysis.
Established in 2017, CryptoSlate substantiates their position in the news gathering industry with some concrete numbers. In addition to providing news about blockchain and crypto markets, they deliver “real-time prices and comprehensive data for 2244 cryptocurrencies across 50 industry sectors;” provide “localized news and data for 26 blockchain hubs across the world;” maintain “a directory of 253 fintech companies, 175 crypto products and 285 people;” and have increased awareness “to 526 blockchain events and meetups” since their inception. And they have the content to prove it. Their user interface is clean and easily navigable, with plenty of subsections stocked with quality content.
If you can do without fancy visuals and embedded audio/video content, then news aggregator websites deserve special mention. Billing itself as a “real-time cryptocurrency news aggregator for traders, investors and enthusiasts,” CoinSpectator gathers news from mainstream sources along with many of the websites on our list. The layout is basic – dark gray, vertical columns, article headlines, and the respective news website. On the left side, you’ll also find real-time prices for Bitcoin and Ethereum. No frills, no thrills – CoinSpectator is a simple and built-for-purpose site. And sometimes that’s really all that you need.
Next up on our list of news aggregators is CryptoPanic, which offers a more sophisticated user experience. The team describe their website as “a news aggregator platform” where “users can vote to mark important, bullish or bearish price signals” as well as take advantage of “portfolio tracking”,” among additional premium features such adding custom RSS/Atom feeds and Reddit and Twitter sources. As with Coinspectator, the website is text heavy, with content being updated in minutes (and not hours or days). And although the user interface is available only in English, you can switch languages for your news feed (only French and Spanish seemed to work).
CryptoGoat is another quality cryptocurrency and blockchain news aggregator. Unlike Coinspectator and CryptoPanic, Cryptogoat is available in Portuguese and Russian along with English. Articles (or links) are held for three months, and the user interface is brighter (purple and white) and includes visuals from the respective articles and news sites, making it somewhat easier on the eyes. The linked content itself is top-notch (many of the sites are included on this list) and updated quickly. It might not be the GOAT on our list, but CryptoGoat deserves a spot on your rotation of crypto news websites.
With so many things demanding our time and attention these days, it can be hard to keep track of all of the latest developments in the cryptosphere, which is why a few well-chosen news websites can go a long way. Our advice would be to choose one or two industry-leading sites, add an additional one based on your own needs and interests, and throw in an aggregator for good measure simply to ensure that you’re not missing anything important. And given the fact that there is so much high-quality, well-curated free content available, we’ll all spoilt for choice. As with any sources of information, however, make sure that the media you consume are as unbiased and trustworthy as possible, especially when it comes to investing your hard-earned cash or coin.