Let's Go Surfing: New Newspapers on the 'Net

By: Steve Outing

I've been spending a lot of time recently updating the Online Newspaper Services Resource Directory, a database of newspaper new media activity that I maintain for Editor & Publisher Interactive. So many new entries have appeared that I thought it would be worthwhile to offer up a list of the newspapers that have come online in the last 1-1/2 months. On the Web alone, they number 95. (Can you spell "herd instinct"?)

The list below includes all the newspaper services that have appeared on the World Wide Web in that short time period. Very few newspaper deals with the commercial online services have turned up on my radar screen. Microsoft Network has signed up USA Today and the Seattle Times, and America Online last summer signed a deal with Phoenix Newspapers (the Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette). All of those papers are simultaneously running Web sites. Also, in Europe we will soon see a number of newspapers announcing deals with Europe Online and Bertelsmann Online.

As you might expect, there are some excellent new online ventures in this list, and there are some examples of what not to do online. You're on your own today. Happy Web surfing!

(By the way, some of these sites are still "under construction" and have not officially launched yet.)

United States

Arranged alphabetically by state
Fastball (Cox Newspapers)
Anchorage Daily News (Anchorage, Alaska)
Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette (Phoenix, Arizona)
Metro Newspapers (San Jose, California)
The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, California)
Telluride Times-Journal (Telluride, Colorado)
The Vail Trail (Vail, Colorado)
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel / XS Magazine (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Palm Beach Post/Hurricane '95 (Palm Beach, Florida)
Palm Beach Post/Top 50 Businesses (Palm Beach, Florida)
Warfield's Tampa Bay Review (Tampa, Florida)
Maui News (Maui, Hawaii)
Lewiston Morning Tribune (Lewiston, Idaho)
Quincy Herald-Whig (Quincy, Illinois)
The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Indiana)
South Bend Tribune (South Bend, Indiana)
Times-Mail (Bedford, Indiana)
Icon / Smart News & Entertainment (Iowa City, Iowa)
Lawrence Journal-World (Lawrence, Kansas)
City Pages (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota)
Twin Cities Reader (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Riverfront Times (St. Louis, Missouri)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri)
The Western News (Libby, Montana)
Lincoln Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Concord Monitor (Concord, New Hampshire) and The Telegraph (Nashua)
Keene Sentinel (Keene, New Hampshire)
Cape May Star and Wave (Cape May, New Jersey)
Sentinel Ledger (Ocean City, New Jersey)
The Daily Freeman (Kingston, New York)
News India Times (New York City)
The Post-Star (Glen Falls, New York)
The Plain Dealer / rockhall.com (Cleveland, Ohio)
Edmond Evening Sun (Edmond, Oklahoma)
Lancaster Newspapers (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)
Philadelphia Inquirer / Health & Science Magazine online (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
The State (Columbia, South Carolina)
Nashville Scene (Nashville, Tennessee)
Corpus Christi Caller-Times (Corpus Christi, Texas)
Wichita Falls Times Record News (Wichita Falls, Texas)
Wasatch Wave (Heber City, Utah)
Northlake News (Bothell, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park and Mill Creek, Washington)
Port Townsend-Jefferson County Leader (Port Townsend, Washington)
Redmond Review (Redmond, Washington)
Seattle Times (Seattle, Washington)
The Valley View (Lower Snoqualmie Valley, Washington)
The Woodlinville Weekly (Woodlinville, Washington)

Alaska Highway News (Fort St. John, British Columbia)
Alberni Valley Times (Port Alberni, British Columbia)
Capital Current (Ottawa)
Cranbrook Daily Townsman (Cranbrook, British Columbia)
The Daily Bulletin (Kimberley, British Columbia)
Nelson Daily News (Nelson, British Columbia)
Oliver Chronicle (Oliver, British Columbia)
Peace River Block Daily News (Dawson Creek, British Columbia)
Prince Rupert Daily News (Prince Rupert, British Columbia)
The Times Colonist (Victoria, British Columbia)
The Trail Times (Trail, British Columbia)
Western Catholic Reporter (Edmonton, Alberta)

Vorarlberger Nachrichten (Bregenz, Austria)
Het Belang van Limburg (Brussels, Belgium)
Lidove Noviny (Prague, Czech Republic)
Svobodne Slovo (Prague, Czech Republic)
Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten (Viby, Denmark)
Turun Sanomat (Turku, Finland)
Dernieres Nouvelles d'Alsace (Strasbourg, France)
International Herald Tribune (Paris, France)
Le Monde Diplomatique (France)
Regards (Paris, France)
Der Tagesspiegel (Berlin, Germany)
Nurnberger Nachrichten (Nurnberg, Germany)
Rhein-Zeitung (Koblenz, Germany)
Saarbrucker Zeitung (Saarbrucken, Germany)
Eleftherotypia (Athens, Greece)
Thessaloniki and Makedonia (Thessaloniki, Greece)
Rotterdams Dagblad (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
The Sunday Post (Dundee, Scotland)
Enkopings-Posten (Enkoping, Sweden)
Goteborgs-Posten (Gotesburg, Sweden)

Hong Kong Stardard (Hong Kong)
Asahi Shimbun / Asahi Evening News (Tokyo, Japan)
Mainichi Shinbun (Osaka, Japan)
Izvestia (Moscow, Russia)
Daily News and Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka)
Vechernij Kharkov (Ukraine)
Middle East

Globes (Jerusalem, Israel)
Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem, Israel)

Cape Times / Independent Newspapers Ltd. (Cape Town, South Africa)
Latin/South America

Bermuda Sun (Hamilton, Bermuda)
EL Diario de Yucatan (Merida, Mexico)
El Panama America (Panama City, Panama)
La Prensa (Panama City, Panama)
New Zealand

New Zealand Doctor (Auckland, New Zealand)
Wellington Newspaers / NZ Infotech Weekly (Wellington, New Zealand)

To see the full list of more than 500 online newspaper services worldwide, visit Editor & Publisher Interactive and click on "Online Newspapers." This is the most comprehensive listing available worldwide of newspaper activity in the new media sector.

(As fast as the online newspaper services business is growing, it's just about impossible for anyone to keep up. While I believe my list to be comprehensive, I'm sure I've missed a few. If your paper has an online service announced recently that is not on the above list or in the master database, please send me a note with the following information: Newspaper name; Service name; Address/URL/dial-up number; Contact name, phone and email; General/public email address; Online ad rates; Date launched; Brief description of service. Thank you!)

Steve Got a tip? Let me know about it

If you have a newsworthy item about the newspaper new media business, please send me a note at steve@planetarynews.com.

This column is written by Steve Outing and underwritten by Editor & Publisher magazine. Tips, letters and feedback can be sent to Steve at steve@planetarynews.com


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