Stephen Taylor has built a nifty front page viewer for the country’s major newspapers (well, major newspapers and 24 Hours). It works the same way you navigate album covers in iTunes. From Stephen’s blog post introducing the viewer:
I also designed this application as a media monitoring/research tool. A significant number of Canadians get their news from Canadian newspapers and some researchers may find it worthwhile to track the evolution of a story as expressed to Calgarians via the Herald, or to Torontonians via the Sun, to give two examples. To illustrate another example of this tool’s use, one might find it interesting to see how the National Post was covering the Conrad Black trial in comparison to other newspapers. Further, some believe that papers cheer for political parties during elections.
It’s not the slickest Flash design I’ve ever seen, but it gets the job done. My feature request: let us zoom in on the pages, at least far enough to read all the headlines and subheads.
I’ve included a photo of Prime Minster Harper throwing a snowball because, well, Stephen Taylor’s a Conservative and our man in Ottawa has lovely throwing form.