All the News That's Fit to Surf

My Favorite Web Sites - Winchester Star - 1/18/01
 by Martin Zombeck

This is a biweekly column providing an annotated list of web sites that may be of interest to the community. Each column will list sites that belong to a particular category: search engines, art, online newspapers & magazines, health and medicine, history, business and economics, etc. or sites relevant to a particular season, e.g., skiing, gardening. Most sites will be non-commercial. To make it easier to access the sites, each biweekly column will be posted on the Town of Winchester's web site one week after publication so that the sites can be accessed and bookmarked without having to be typed. Previous columns will be archived at the Winchester site, also.

Do you want to read the Kashmir Times, Berliner Zeitung, Pravda, San Francisco Chronicle, Time Magazine, Paris Match? These and thousands of other domestic and international newspapers and magazines are available on the web. Practically all are free and a few require registration - name and e-mail address only. For newshounds the experience can be exhilarating. During the Kosovo war it was possible to follow on a daily basis the opinions of columnists from several British dailies with the mere press of a mouse button - no need to run to Harvard Square to get newspapers a few days old. Try to get a copy of the Boston Globe (or even the New York Times) in Anycity, U.S.A. when you're on the road. With a laptop and an internet connection, you'll have it all. The contents of the online editions are similar to the print edition, with added value such as links to related stories, video clips, travel features, up-to-the-minute weather, sports features and links, photo gallery, business features (up-to-the-minute Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P; 500, e.g.), past articles (a fee is usually charged for these).

For example, this past Sunday's featured the story of the Japanese fishing vessel that was struck and sunk last Friday by a U.S. submarine practicing a rapid ascent. A video presentation could be viewed and the article could be e-mailed to a friend with the click of a mouse button. The page linked to the Saturday edition of the Post providing another article about the sinking. The latter page linked to Asia/Pacific coverage of the event and so on.

Do I think the online newspapers and magazines will replace the print editions? Not for a while and not before they look like, feel like, and are as portable as the print editions (try reading an online edition at the beach or on the T). I still subscribe to the Winchester Star, Boston Globe, and the New York Times and "read" the online Washington Post.

My recommendation is not to read an online article on the screen - browse the online newspaper or magazine, select the page you want to read, and print it for comfortable reading in your favorite chair.

A few online newspapers and magazines edare listed below. For a more extensive listing, see

The Boston Globe

The New York Times
Requires registration.

The Washington Post

The Wall Street Journal
2-week free trial. Annual subscription costs $59 or $29 with proof of your print subscription to any edition of The Wall Street Journal or Barron's.

Links to Massachusetts Newspapers;=Massachusetts
From the The Amherst Student to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

The Atlantic Monthly

Time Magazine

Gourmet Magazine & Bon Appetit

Links to magazines and newspapers of interest to the "busy CEO".

Arts & Letters Daily
Articles, essays and opinion, links to news services, and reviews of new books often culled from esoteric sources.

KIOSKEN has links to news media all over the world, mainly to newspapers in the countries' own language(s). Over 15,000 links and 213 countries.

CNN Online
The online version of TV CNN. Up-to-the-minute news and sports.

The next column will feature movie sites - what's playing and where, and movie reviews. Previous columns with live links can be found at

When he is not updating the Town of Winchester web site, Martin Zombeck can be found at either the Packer tennis courts or at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where he is a physicist.