Google News Archive

Google stopped its newspaper archive project in 2011, but the newspapers that had been digitized (including The Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach Daily News, The Miami News, and The Tropical Sun) are still in the news archive.

A list of all the newspapers in the archive is here.

Use this link to search the archive.


Visualize what the media are saying with Media Cloud

Media Cloud is a system that lets you see the flow of the media. The Internet is fundamentally altering the way that news is produced and distributed, but there are few comprehensive approaches to understanding the nature of these changes. Media Cloud automatically builds an archive of news stories and blog posts from the web, applies language processing, and gives you ways to analyze and visualize the data. The system is still in early development, but we invite you to explore our current data and suggest research ideas. This is an open-source project, and we will be releasing all of the code soon.

Media Cloud is a project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard. Read more about the project or give it a spin here.

Ten things every journalist should know in 2009

10 things, with links to more information about those things. Examples:

2. How to use RSS feeds to gather news and manage them using filtering techniques (basic or advanced).

7. You do not have to own, or even host, the technology to innovate in journalism and engage your readers. There is a plethora of free or cheap tools available online, so there is no excuse for not experimenting with them.

10. Learn more about privacy. You can find a lot of information about people online, especially via social networking sites, but think carefully about the consequences. And bear in mind that it cuts both ways, if you do not do it carefully, your online research could compromise your sources.

And 7 more really useful things.

People still buy newspapers. As long as they remain cheaper than drop cloths.

True story.

A guy asks if he can cut in front of me in the grocery checkout line. He’s just buying a newspaper. I notice he’s not buying the paper I work for, so I say, “Sure, if you buy the other paper instead of that one. I work for the Palm Beach Post.”

He looks at me blankly.

I say, “Oh, go ahead. It’s not like we really compete with them anymore anyway.”

He pays for the paper and thanks me. On his way out he turns back and says, “I’m not going to read it. I’m just using it for painting.”