I’m just drooling, thinking what our social studies teachers could do with this site at the Newseum. Essentially, it’s a flash site that allows you to see the front pages of today’s newspapers all over the world.
It’s an incredible way to look at the different ways the news is manufactured across the country (and the world.) And it should remind us that what is considered important is an editorial decision and isn’t etched in stone.
When I was in high school, I had the opportunity to sit in on the morning editorial meeting for the Associated Press. The folks in that room decided what pictures to send out with the news, what stories to push hard and what stories they shouldn’t. And it was in that moment that I realized that the news was — in part — made by a group of people sitting in a room.
This site could go a long way toward helping kids realize how the print news is presented in our country. And that’s an unqualified good thing.