News Media

Time Magazine Access to current headlines is just the beginning of the site’s scope. The ability to view editions from Europe or Asia, lets users see what other people are reading, and lets them compare, side-by-side, alternate editions’ covers. The For Kids edition links to its own website and is designed for teachers of children in Grades K-6. Various topical blogs are available at the site, and the Multimedia tab leads users to graphics, photos, podcasts, and videos. Articles can be printed, e-mailed, or linked to a variety of Web 2.0 sites such as Del.icio.us, Technorati, and Google. A Sphere link allows users to search for related articles or blogs. Most impressively, the magazine’s entire run is full-text searchable and provides journal cover images as well.

BBC News BBC News is the largest news broadcaster in the world, with more than 2,000 journalists in 48 bureaus around the globe. Visitors to this site will find extensive, in-depth coverage of the worlds news which strives to be “impartial, fair, and accurate,” and which offers an alternate perspective to that of American-based news media. Sections of the site focus on world regions, business, health, science and nature, technology, and entertainment. Articles are well illustrated, and often supplemented by links to audio and video coverage. Articles are also accompanied by links to older, related reports furthering understanding of complex issues. News is available in 33 languages. Users can download a desktop alert application, and can subscribe to email updates and RSS feeds.

CNN.com CNN is probably familiar to most cable television viewers as one of the major news & information sources rivaling the major networks. Now it has also become a mainstay of the Internet news world providing frequently updated news on the local, national, and international news fronts. The site is well organized and easy to use. The CNN.com home page provides a list of top stories or the news seeker short on time can go straight to the Headline News section. Users can also go to an index of topical sections to browse current news or may choose to do a keyword search on a particular section or the whole site. It’s possible to listen to CNN live or view daily video features from this site. For more in-depth coverage, CNN.com provides access to CNNSI (Sports Illustrated), CNNFN (Financial News), the CNN weather service, and AllPolitics (a collaboration with Time).

Who’s Alive and Who’s Dead “Welcome to Who’s Alive and Who’s Dead – the site that helps you keep track of which famous people have died and which are still alive!” The web site lists each persons date of birth, death (if applicable) and cause of death (if known). Hyperlinks from the persons name display a _very_ brief synopsis of each persons achievements. Categories include: Actors and actresses, sports, political figures, TV shows, musicians, and artists. The creator admits that his decision on what to include is somewhat subjective. Useful for seeing who has died from famous musical groups, or who is still alive from famous TV shows.

ESPN.com
Not only does ESPN offer up-to-the-minute scores and statistical and schedule information on all sports, it also provides profiles on professional and college athletes, job links for those looking for a career in sports, sports nutrition advice, and insightful commentary from some of the best sports reporters in the business. Daily broadcasts of selected ESPN events are available, as well as play-by-play online scores for major sporting events. The home page is a little too crowded, but navigation is still quite easy. ESPN.com is a must for the sports enthusiast or for anyone looking for sporting news.