Newseum, a Washington D.C.-based museum, hosts an online exhibit where visitors can view newspaper front pages from across the world. Over 800 newspapers participate in this project, which allows visitors to take a look at publications that they might not otherwise be able to access. Archived front pages of historical events are available, and there is also a daily newspaper “top ten” available to view.
One of the things I enjoy doing with this resource is viewing front pages in their native languages and trying to understand the underlying stories. In most cases the pictures reveal the story, such as the recent Kim Jong-Il news that the Korean newspapers have been publishing. For a general idea of the text, I could navigate to the newspaper’s host website, copy the link, and have Google Translate or Yahoo Babelfish perform a rough machine translation. Or for the full text of the story I could have the article accurately translated, since Korean is one of the 60+ languages that we translate.
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