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Times and News and Sentinel join hundreds of other front pages on Newseum site

March 17, 2011 - Art Smith

In Washington, D.C., a few blocks from the nation’s capitol, visitors will find a very large building with the First Amendment to the Constitution etched on the face of it.

The First Amendment is the part of the Constitution that guarantees Americans the freedom of speech and the press the freedom to print and broadcast information free from government control.

The building with the large etching is the Newseum. It celebrates the work done worldwide by journalists who struggle, sometimes against unbelievable odds, to bring the news of the day to the public.

The Newseum has many interesting exhibits housed in its 14 galleries and 15 theaters. One of the most popular exhibits is Today’s Front Pages. A remarkable display in person and online, the exhibit changes daily with the front pages from more than 800 newspapers from around the world.

Online the pages are displayed either in a list or on a map. I think most people use the map to find the papers in the region of the world of which they are most interested.

Every day staff members pick a selection of pages to be printed and displayed to visitors to the Newseum.

Nearly all newspaper pages are designed on computers using programs capable of being saving the files as Portable Document Format (PDF) files. By 6 a.m. each morning newspapers must drop the file of their front page into an electronic folder. If they meet the deadline, the page is included on the site and may be printed for exhibit in Washington.

Both The Marietta Times, and The Parkersburg News and Sentinel are now included on the site. When the users of the site “hovers” over the dot for a community, they will see a small image of the page for the newspaper in that town. Clicking on the image will display a larger, readable version of the page.

Visiting the site can give readers a remarkable view into what is consider news in different regions and countries.



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