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Visit Newseum–An Online (And Actual) News Museum

Posted by grizzlymedia on February 9, 2009

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So what if you could just look at a map of the entire universe–OK, just the Earth, but that’s still pretty good coverage, you have to admit–and then click on a city and immediately see the front page of today’s newspaper? Pretty cool, huh? Well, that’s what the wonderful folk at Newseum have done for you. You can also see archived pages for special events, say, the recent inauguration. You can sort the papers by continent if you wish; for example you may only be interested in inaugural coverage in the United States, or maybe you want to see how the event was covered in Europe or the Middle East. Yeah, I had a problem with reading the Arabic papers myself. But I could figure out the pictures pretty well. I’m gifted like that. After perusing the site, I discovered that Newseum is more than newspapers. They have access to exhibits and theaters, news-related events and education, and even “fun and games.” You can even shop and dine. How exactly do you dine online? Actually, there’s an actual Newseum museum, billed as the “World’s Most Interactive Museum” located in Washington, DC, where you have go to do the actual dining. (Did you enjoy how I used the word “actual” or its derivatives three times in that one sentence? I should write a novel or something!) You can even buy tickets on the Newseum site. But you can’t actually dine on the site. The Newseum’s restaurant, however, is D. C.’s first fine-dining restaurant headlined by Wolfgang Puck. So go! Visit the site! Visit the actual museum! Learn something! And if you learn how to read Arabic, email me and tell me how to do it. Or at least fill me in on how to write a sentence without using the word “actual” three times.

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TwitterNews Helps You See Breaking News Results Quickly and Easily

Posted by grizzlymedia on January 20, 2009

As events were occurring during the recent Mumbai, India attacks, it was difficult for news-hungry readers to keep up with events as quickly as they needed to through regular news outlets. As a result, the inspiration for TweetNews was born. Now thanks to TweetNews, as news is breaking, Twitter users can search for tweets on a specific topic and simultaneously be directed to news articles as well. In the future, all news could be delivered this way, but for now it’s available thanks to a collaboration between Yahoo and Twitter. Yahoo engineer Vik Singh developed TweetNews to combine Yahoo news results with the hot topics that are hitting Twitter. This is different from the way search engines like Google News and other major news websites work; they use complicated algorithms to rank stories, and breaking news item might not make it to the top of the heap. Yahoo News topics are organized around popular Twitter topics, resulting in a search engine that tracks breaking news using Twitter search results. Twitter users will then have access to more valid sources of information in addition to first-hand reports from Twitter users on the scene. You can click here for a link to TweetNews or click here for a link to an article in TGDaily with more information. You can just go to the TweetNews site and type in you own search term, for example today you might try “inauguration.”

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At Last–News Just for You!

Posted by grizzlymedia on January 10, 2008

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CNN has an online news source just for students. CNN.com Student News has ten questions for each day’s top news story, plus a news quiz for the previous week’s news. Don’t worry, I won’t tell your social studies teacher, so they won’t get any ideas about torturing you with pop quizzes of their own. It’ll just be a secret between you and me, for your fun and amusement. The site also includes maps of each continent, information about colleges and universities, school-related stories, and podcasts to which you can subscribe.

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