by Kristie Burk
Newspaper Map is a website that could have multiple uses for educators. Using Google Maps, the site plots all of the world’s major newspapers. You can search for newspapers by language, location, or the actual newspaper name. For example, if you search for the location “Afghanistan,” you will find the newspaper Kabul Press. If you click on the pin, you will then be presented with a number of language options. Be warned; Google Translate does the translating, so it is not always precise (or grammatical). Also, these are today’s editions of the actual papers, so you may want to check that the stories are age-appropriate first.
This would be a great tool for teachers to use with their students. For example, a writing teacher could take a story that was reported in the US and ask students to compare the same story in a paper from a different country. If social studies students are studying Canada, for example, they can look up Canadian newspapers. ELL teachers can have students read newspapers in the U.S. in their native tongue. Even World Language teachers can ask their students to read papers without the translation. Enjoy!