January 25, 2003

What's News?

Thanks to Metafilter for the pointer to Today's Front Pages. The front pages of 154 newspapers around the globe are updated daily. A wonderful resource.

This would be a cool core to build a WebQuest around. The central question would be What Makes Something News? Years ago there was an email based classroom activity in which kids everywhere would collaborate and compile what was on the front page of all their local papers on a given day. They'd then analyze the headlines and discover patterns across regions and cultures and the fact that local stories trump global ones most of the time.

Like most telecollaboration lessons, there was a whole lot of logistical overhead required... more than most teachers have the time or patience for. This site makes it possible to take a more comprehensive look at news without all the coordination.


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