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Read Today’s Frontpages All in One at Newseum- 600+ Newspapers from 60+ Countries Worldwide

Posted in Web 2.0 Tools for Journalists by Nela on July 16, 2008

Newseum’s Today’s Front Pages is an excellent everyday tool for anyone interested in reading front pages of newspapers around the world. Currently, it offers access to over 640 newspapers from more than 60 countries.

Todays’ Frontpages is searchable through map view or gallery view, by region, country, or newspaper title. A readable pdf file is also available for each page.

This is how it looks like with a map option

Instant overview of 600+ newspaper front pages worldwide each day, available in gallery, interactive map, and pdf view.

The best way of using Newseum Today’s Front Pages is through interactive maps, browsable by region. This option, however, is also very good at showcasing the tool flaws.

Newseum is a world news museum based in Washington DC, and Frontpages is a product that offers significantly more access to American newspapers than others. Most of the 60+ countries that Todays’ Frontpages cover are however in the developed world, namely North America, and Europe (excluding Croatia Montenegro, and Russia). Latin America is also well covered, as well as some of the Asian Countries, while the African view sadly offers only 3 newspaper entries for the entire continent.

To study the differences in coverage of different regions, pay attention to how the orange dots are dissapearing as we switch from European to Asian or African view. Mouse over for a snapsot of the dots on the American map.

The Map, as well as the gallery view allow search by region, or by country.

The Map, as well as the gallery view allow search by region, or by country.

Although it offers an amazing resource, Newseum still does not offer a realistic wiev of world print media. Majority of Great Britain entries are tabloids, and for most countries only some regions are covered. Sometimes, there is an unreasonably high coverage of certain areas (such as Sardinia in Italy that provides almost as many entries as the rest of the country.

Although it offers an amazing resource, Newseum still does not offer a realistic wiev of world print media. Majority of Great Britain entries are tabloids, and for most countries only some regions are covered. Sometimes, there is an unreasonably high coverage of certain areas (such as Sardinia in Italy that provides almost as many entries as the rest of the country.

Only 3 (yes, three) out of 600+ entries are from Africa, two of which are in countries confining with Europe.

Only 3 (yes, three) out of 600+ entries are from Africa, two of which are in countries confining with Europe.

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