News develops every day and newspapers provide a great record of the world’s happenings. Newspapers also reveal a lot about a community. Societal norms, values, and concerns are all reflected in the stories and photos. Thanks to the Newseum in Washington, D.C., you can surf the front pages of major newspapers all over the world, all without leaving their website!
The Newseum works with more than 2,000 publications to share critical news headlines every day. There is even a historical archive of major news events, allowing readers to travel back in time and view how various news outlets covered the issue. Reading news coverage from around the globe helps expand your scope of knowledge and your perspective.
Here in the U.S., freedom of the press is guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. While the First Amendment protects reporters and editors here in America, it’s not a right that exists everywhere. The media in this country has a variety of important roles, including keeping citizens informed by reporting news, acting as a watchdog to government and business, and providing a neutral place for civic debate.
Check out the Newseum’s site and take some time to explore the news, both at home and abroad. What can you tell by looking at the paper?
- Is there one event being covered by many papers? What does that mean? What about stories that only appear in one paper?
- Can you make guesses about the relative importance of stories based on where they appear?
- What images are a part of the page and how do photos vary between publications?
- How do newspapers from countries outside the U.S. differ from domestic papers?
- If it’s a foreign-language newspaper, can you tell what the story is about based on the graphics or words you recognize?