Blog: Magazines & Newspapers
Pulitzer for Public Service
The Guardian and the Washington Post have been awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their reporting of National Security Agency activities that were exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Friction over fracking
The Exxon CEO's lawsuit to prevent fracking activity near his own property raises the ire of Forbes Magazine. More on fracking can be found in the catalog using the subject search "Hydraulic fracturing".
DRM and its discontents
Science Fiction author Cory Doctorow writes in The Guardian about digital rights management and its potential hazards. More by Doctorow about DRM can be found in his essay collection "Content".
The capture of Nelson Mandela
The arrest of Nelson Mandela in 1962 is the subject of a recent Newsweek article, and also a brief Time article that was contemporaneous with the event (library card barcode number may be required to access article).
"Proof of heaven"
Hennepin County Library co-sponsors a talk by Eben Alexander, author of "Proof of Heaven", at the Westminster Town Hall Forum on November 21. Alexander was profiled in the August issue of Esquire (library card barcode number may be required to access article).
Affordable Care Act and the media
As public interest grows concerning the Affordable Care Act, media coverage is reviewed and critiqued by the Columbia Journalism Review.
September 11, 1973
Today marks 40 years since the coup that ended the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende in Chile, and installed the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship. The Guardian recalls the events, as do various titles in the Hennepin County Library collection, including The Nixon administration and the death of Allende's Chile, and Chile, the other September 11.
W.E.B. Du Bois and the March on Washington
This week, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington received much media coverage. Also 50 years ago this week, on the day before the March, civil rights pioneer W.E.B. Du Bois died in Ghana. A founding member of the NAACP and author of Black Reconstruction in America and The Souls of Black Folk, he was honored at the March by a moment of silence. The Cleveland Plain Dealer has published a tribute to him online.
Smith-Mundt Modernization Act
An article from the San Francisco Chronicle discusses the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012, which for the first time allows U.S. government produced programming such as The Voice of America to be released inside the United States. More from the San Francisco Chronicle, and hundreds of other newspapers worldwide, can be found through the database NewspaperDirect Press Display.
Public Library of US Diplomacy
WikiLeaks has launched the Public Library of US Diplomacy with 1.7 million files from the State Department of Henry Kissinger, according to Forbe's magazine. More on Henry Kissinger can be found in the Hennepin County Library catalog using the subject search term "Kissinger, Henry, 1923-."
Historic Mexican & Mexican American Press
The University of Arizona has launched the Historic Mexican & Mexican American Press collection, an online digital collection of more than 100 years of newspapers and other periodicals, from the mid-19th century to the late 20th. Contemporary Spanish language periodicals can also be accessed through the Informe! database.
No droning on...
As reported in The Air Force Times, the Air Force has stopped including the number of drone air strikes in monthly public reports, and numbers already reported in previous months have been removed from the Air Force website. More on drone attacks can be found by searching the Library's subscription databases, such as MasterFILE Premier.
Endocrine disrupting chemicals
The New York Daily News highlights a UN and World Health Organization report on potential health risks associated with some common household chemicals. The full report and a 38 page summary are available online.
The Minnesota Daily notes the Dinkytown opening of the only Sámi-inspired coffee house in North America, concurrent with an exhibition about Sámi (or, if you prefer, Saami) culture at The American Swedish Institute.
POC Zine Project
In a recent article, Colorlines highlights the POC Zine Project, whose mission is to make all zines by people of color easy to find, distribute, and share.
Scanned 19th and 20th century newspapers
Scanned issues of an interesting mix of 19th and 20th century newspapers, from L'Avant-Garde to The Yukon Sun, and even including The Mouse River Farmers Press, can be found at Google News.
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