caption = How Earthweek appears in print.
type = Environmental column
format = Graphics and text
January 2, 1988
ceased publication =
owners = Earth Environment Service
publisher = Through
Universal Press Syndicate
editor = Steve Newman
language = English
circulation = Nearly 100 newspapers worldwide
Pilot Point, Texas
website = http://www.earthweek.com
"Earthweek - A Diary of the Planet" is a syndicated
newspaper columncreated by Steve Newman. It is published weekly on various days by subscribing newspapers, and reports on events in Earth's natural history. The feature was the first fully paginated newspaper column to be distributed with placed graphics, thanks to the growing popularity of the Macintoshplatform in newspaper graphics departments during the late 1980s.
Due to the slow modem speeds common in 1988, early versions of Earthweek were limited to low-resolution graphics. Subscribing newspapers maintained a library of individual icons and the base map, which were used by the "wire frame" of the
Pagemakerdocument distributed to them each week. Earthweek is now created in QuarkXPresswith Adobe Illustratorgraphics, and is delivered as a complete, integrated package.
Typical Earthweek Content
From man-made occurrences to nature's own news, Earthweek provides a weekly overview of headline events affecting our planet -- cyclones, floods, brushfires, oil spills and climate change. Other stories are a bit more unusual -- monkey attacks, snake infestations and a bounty of phenomena as diverse as nature itself.
Earthweek initial focused mainly on breaking weather news stories, along with a complement of items about volcanic eruptions, El Niño outbreaks and unusual animal stories. That focus has widened in recent years to be more inclusive of global warming issues and how wildlife is reacting to the changing climate.
Distribution of Earthweek
The feature premiered in the "
San Francisco Chronicle" on Saturday, January 2, 1988, and began syndication through the now-defunct Chronicle Features in early September of that year.
Earthweek moved briefly to
Universal Press Syndicatein 1998, when Andrews McMeel Universalpurchased Chronicle Features. Author Steve Newman moved the column to the Los Angeles Times Syndicatein June 1998, where its circulation increased and an [http://edition.cnn.com/NATURE/9908/06/diary.planet/index.html online version] was created.
A subsequent purchase of that syndicate by the
Tribune Companyabsorbed Earthweek into Tribune Media Services, which discontinued the online version and oversaw a steady decline in the column's print subscriptions and sales.
Universal Press Syndicatein June 2003, and is now published by [http://www.earthweek.com/printclients.html nearly 100 newspapers] worldwide. An [http://content.uclick.com/content/ew.html interactive version] was launched by [http://www.uclick.com UClick] in July 2006.
Helping Students Monitor a Dynamic Planet
Many educators use the feature in a weekly assignment to elementary and middle school students. By encouraging a close examination of Earthweek's map and summaries, students can increase their understanding of both geography and the environment. Educator Lori Agan wrote an [http://www.nsta.org/store/search.aspx?author=Lori%20Agan essay] in the [http://www.nsta.org/ National Science Teachers Association] journal "Science Scope" that documents how her use of Earthweek has benefited her students.
About the Author
His Earth Alert bulletins were a weekly component of Discovery News on the
Discovery Channel, and an online feature of Discovery.com.
in 1980 Newman established Earth Environment Service, a weather consulting company that provided forecasts and data to agricultural, insurance and media interests worldwide.
Newman is a member of the
American Meteorological Societyand a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society. He has also been active in the United Nations World Meteorological Organizationand is a member of the National Association of Science Writers.
Steve raises horses and cattle on a ranch outside the North Texas city of Pilot Point, where he is also a contributing writer for the [http://www.postsignal.com "Post Signal"] newspaper.
He is an instrument-rated pilot, and has made several solo flights to Alaska and the Canadian Arctic.
Example of Earthweek's Online Map
Example of Earthweek Pop-up Story
* [http://www.earthweek.com/ Earthweek's web site]
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