Mitch's Blog 7.0

Mitch's Blog

 

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Weil der Papst Starb...

Anybody who knows me fairly well should know that I have a particular fondness for newspapers. I’ve always been an avid consumer of the art form known as the newspaper. I read all kinds of newspapers, from the small-town local ones to the nationally – and sometimes internationally – renowned ones. I suppose you could say my love of newspapers was something I inherited from my father’s side of the family, since both he and his father, my grandfather, have (well, had, in the case of my grandfather) an affinity to newspapers.

Although the bulk of the news that makes up the present-day newspapers can usually be found easily within the cornucopia of constantly-updating news websites, it is hard for the internet to replicate the feeling you get by holding a newspaper in your hands. Newspapers are also a truly portable source of information; it’s very easy to bring a newspaper with you wherever you go, but much harder to take the internet along, albeit it may a bit easer to do so now, thanks to the expansion of wireless internet "hotspots."

One more thing great about newspapers is their relatively cheap prices. Even the USA Today, a newspaper with so much to offer that it could literally take hours to read from cover to cover, is a mere $0.75 at the newsstand, and an even punier $0.60 for subscribers. Meanwhile, we in the Brainerd area are also lucky to be able pick up the St. Paul Pioneer Press, a fine, informative newspaper in its own right, for only $0.25. Just think, you can read about all that is happening in the world for a smaller price than a package of gum at most convenience stores and in most vending machines.

So anyway, where I’m going with this entry is to a link that I think will pique your interest in newspapers. The website I want to share is www.newsseum.org.

Now, ostensibly, this is the website for a Washington D.C. museum dedicated to the history and nuances of newsgathering in the United States and the world. Indeed, to read more about the actual museum, which is still in the process of a multimillion dollar move from Arlington, Virginia to Washington D.C., you can click here.

For me, however, one of my favorite parts about the Newseum’s website is its Today’s Front Pages section, which is available by clicking here. The Newseum has managed to partner with hundreds of newspapers all over the world to allow visitors to its website the chance to see what the front page of, oh, say, Der Tagesspiegel of Berlin looks like today.

As can be expected, the majority of the front pages on the Newseum’s website come from newspapers in the United States. Just about every major city in the United States has its newspaper featured in the collection, from the Abilene, Texas Abilene Reporter-News to the York, Pennsylvania York Daily Record. In addition to the United States newspapers, though, the Newseum also contains a sizable number of international papers; enough, anyway, to keep any international affairs aficionado satisfied.

In case you were wondering, the precise reason why I thought it'd be good to break out this link today is due to the Pope’s passing away. Anytime there is a major worldwide event as large as this, it is always interesting to see nearly all of the almost 350 newspapers on the Museum’s website have the same story in bold letters on the front page. I thought you would like to take a gander at what the headlines for Sunday’s newspapers look like, too, so that’s why I’m sharing this link with you.

A tip on using the Newseum’s front pages website: on the top of http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/, click on 'map view' or 'list by region' to get a better sense of just what newspapers the museum has in the collection. Also, the 'archived pages' section has front pages from dates of other major world events, like the December 2004 tsunami. It’s something to check out if you have a fast connection to the internet and are looking for something to do.

One last note, don't forget that the Newseum has PDFs of each of the newspapers, so you can easily zoom in and get a better look at the front pages. You could even read some of the articles as well.

1 Comments:

Blogger Kaila said...

"The art of newspapers," I love it!! Sadly enough thoe, it's true, just like sending long, hand written letter. Tja.

Mon Apr 04, 07:54:00 AM CDT  

Post a Comment

<< Home

Previous Posts

Recent Voyages with your Explorer
VoxPop Entertainment
Marzipan for Easter
A Long Awaited Post
4th Annual Top 10 Super Bowl Commercials
Addendum to Previous Post
Excursion to Grand Forks
More Experimenting
How to Create Fog
Happy New Year!

Archives

March 2004
April 2004
May 2004
June 2004
July 2004
August 2004
September 2004
October 2004
November 2004
December 2004
January 2005
February 2005
March 2005
April 2005
May 2005
June 2005
July 2005
August 2005
September 2005
October 2005
November 2005
December 2005
January 2006
February 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
August 2006
September 2006
October 2006
November 2006
December 2006
January 2007
February 2007
March 2007
April 2007
May 2007
June 2007
July 2007
August 2007
November 2007
December 2007
February 2008
March 2008
March 2012

Current Weather

Click for Brainerd, Minnesota Forecast Click for Grand Forks, North Dakota Forecast

Weather Station

Blogroll

Google Search

Google

Answers

Minnesota Counties

Minnesota Counties I've Visited

North Dakota Counties

North Dakota Counties I've Visited

Links

Subscribe to Mitch's Blog 

Through RSS
Click here to subscribe to Mitch's Blog through RSS!
Add to My 

Yahoo!
Add to Google

Free Image Hosting at Imageshack.us

Mitch's Blog Copyright 2001-2012 Mitch Wahlsten -- All Rights Reserved
The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of Mitch Wahlsten and the participants
Mitch's Blog began on December 23, 2001