Flashback: 15 Sites That Were Before Their Time

Amazon.com’s first sale was fifteen years ago, and while the pioneering online retailer eventually found success, many of its peers weren’t so lucky. Esquire salutes great sites of the Web 1.0 era that never made it.

Community Media sites

Journalists who lost their jobs when their local newspaper stopped its presses have taken it upon themselves to fill the vacuum of local coverage that was left behind.  Here is a listing of some new online ventures started by former print journalists to provide local news for their communities, from the Knight Citizen News Network…

Chicago Now: New network of blogs

Chicago Now is a new site featuring a network of blogs “connecting passionate experts on a wide range of uniquely Chicago topics” that the Chicago Tribune will be launching this summer. You can see a preview of the site and homepage here.

IrishCentral.com: First global Irish website launches in time for St. Patrick’s Day

A great new site called  IrishCentral.com has launched this week just in time for Saint Patrick’s day.

Most influential blogs: Vanity Fair’s Blogopticon

Vanity Fair has produced perhaps the definitive blog matrix, placing the most prominent and influential blogs on a vertical axis of news to opinion (Consumerist to PostSecret) and a horizontal axis of scurrilous to earnest (TMZ to SCOTUSblog). With eye-catching, clickable icons and brief pop-up descriptions of each blog, it’s pretty and practical. And CyberJournalist.net […]

Rating business sections of top newspaper sites

Douglas A. McIntyre of 24/7 Wall St. has rated the financial sections of the top 25 online newspaper sites. The commentary on what the individual sites do well is worth reading. The top site, he says, is nytimes.com.

Digital Edge Award winners

The winners of NAA’s 2008 Digital Edge Awards are…

Washington Post launches African American web magazine

Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive has launched a very impressive new daily online magazine today called TheRoot.com. The Root blends intelligent, thought-provoking discussion of issues from a variety of black perspectives and a round-up of news from around the world with an interactive genealogical section, creating a unique online destination devoted to the black experience,” as the company […]

Congressional Quarterly launches improved CQ Politics site

CQ, which makes most of its money from paid online subscriptions, has launched a free website, www.cqpolitics.com.

New national student online newspaper to cover election