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Today's Front Pages Exhibit

Today's Front Pages exhibit. (Sam Kittner)

About the Exhibit

Every morning, more than 800 newspapers from around the world submit their front pages to the Newseum via the Internet to be part of Today's Front Pages.

The Today's Front Pages gallery gives visitors an up-close look at the day's news on up to 80 newspaper front pages from every state, the District of Columbia and countries around the world. The gallery - featuring a spectacular view of the U.S. Capitol - provides the perfect setting for visitors contemplating the relationship between press and democracy.

The full selection of front pages is available on newseum.org each day by 8:30 a.m. For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions section below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why didn't you include my hometown newspaper in your exhibit?

All, general-interest newspapers are invited to participate. The front pages in our display are sent voluntarily from each newspaper. Some newspapers do not have the technological capability of transmitting their front pages electronically in the required format. Others choose not to participate.

How do you decide which newspaper to feature each day?

A portion of the front pages we receive each morning is included in our Front Pages exhibit at the Newseum. However, all of the 700 or more front pages received are included in that day's online exhibit. If you don't see a particular newspaper that was previously posted, the newspaper simply may not have submitted that day's front page, or there may have been a technical problem with the electronic transmission.

Why aren't the international newspapers more representative of their regions?

We encourage new contributions from newspapers in underrepresented geographic areas. If you represent such a newspaper, write us at frontpages@newseum.org.

Where is Central America on the newspaper map?

Central America is part of the map under North America. Please use the directional buttons to scroll down for Central America.

How can my local newspaper become a participant?

Ask your newspaper to send an e-mail to frontpages@newseum.org for specific instructions on how to participate in "Today's Front Pages."

Is the exhibit exclusively for large metropolitan dailies?

With the exception of student newspapers, any general interest newspaper with the technological capability of transmitting their front pages can be a part of the online exhibit.

Can dailies that reduced their print editions to a few days a week still send in their front pages?

Yes. Though several newspapers have moved the bulk of their news coverage online, they can continue to be part of the online exhibit.

How can I look up a newspaper front page from a previous date?

The exhibit does not provide daily front pages from previous dates. We recommend that you contact the newspaper directly for information on obtaining back issues. We keep a front-page archive chronicling events of historical significance.

How can I read the articles on the front page?

You can read articles by opening a scalable PDF file or by clicking a link directly to the newspaper's website. Here's how to open the new window containing the PDF and website links:

  • • Gallery view: Click on the thumbnail image to open the new window.
  • • Map view: Roll your mouse pointer over the map until an image of the page you want to view appears on the right side of the screen, then click to open the new window.
  • • List view: Roll your mouse pointer down the list of newspaper names until an image of the paper you want to view appears on the right side of the screen, and then click to open the new window.

After you have opened the new window, you will see two links at the top of the page. One of the links will take you directly to the newspaper's website. The other link opens a PDF file of the front page, which has a magnifier tool that you can use to zoom in on any part of the page.

How do I get permission to use front pages in the classroom, on a website or for other purposes?

The Newseum has a special agreement with newspaper companies that allows it to display their front pages every day. The Newseum does not own these front pages - each newspaper holds the copyright to its own front page - and U.S. copyright laws apply. Anyone seeking permission to use a front page for personal reasons must contact the newspaper directly. You can learn more about copyright laws and "fair use" at www.copyright.gov.

What criteria do you use in choosing the Top 10 front pages?

Selections for the Top 10 are at each of the daily editor's discretion and may focus on headlines, photos, innovative design or something else that elevates the front pages above the rest.

Don't you run the risk of featuring the same front pages every day?

A different editor chooses the Top 10 each day. A front page that is consistently interesting may end up being selected more than once in a week. The editors independently peruse the front pages to determine his or her selections.

If you have other questions or comments about Today's Front Pages, please contact us at frontpages@newseum.org.

Technical contact:

frontpages@newseum.org

Mailing Address:

Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20001

Phone:

888/NEWSEUM (888/639-7386)