At a Glance
Nowhere is history more present than in current events. HNN examines history in the media.
History News Network
The History News Network (HNN) was "conceived as primarily a national platform for historians wishing to comment on current events." The website publishes original articles by historians and links to current news articles either referencing or about history. The site's "Roundups" present collections of current media excerpts related to history, unvetted for accuracy or scholarship—these include the "Historian's Take" roundup, with excerpts from historians writing on the news; "Media's Take," with excerpts from mainstream articles that "take a historical approach" to current events; and "Talking About History," with excerpts from mainstream articles on history. A weekly "Top 10!" roundup gathers together the week's top 10 articles, and "Pop Culture and the Arts" "links to reviews of movies, documentaries, and exhibits with a historical theme."
Educators may find the "Hot Topics," highlighted on the left-hand side of the site, particularly useful—constantly updating, these "buzzwords" indicate current hot-button issues in the media, and direct visitors to content related to the issues on HNN. "Student Shortcuts" connects students with tools and resources, both on HNN and other websites, related to "Doing Research on the Web," "9-11," "U.S. History," "World History," "Science & Technology," "Doing History," and "Applying to College and Graduate School," while the "Teacher's Lounge" collects together HNN and site-external resources for educators on "Teaching the Constitution," "Teaching History," "Teaching the Middle East," "Teaching 9-11," and "Teaching Presidential Elections." Visitors to the site may also browse HNN's "History Blogroll," a directory of blogs run by historians, or follow any of HNN's seven in-house blogs; sign up for one of four weekly newsletters, including one specifically for high school educators; view videos of Organization of American Historians presentations under "HNN Videos"; or search the site's archives by keywords, posting date, author, and department.
Though the website can be difficult to navigate, its focus on viewing current events from a historical perspective and addressing the use (and abuse) of history in the media make it ideal for U.S. history educators looking for ways to link current events to history.