The New York Times not only enjoys a tradition as a newspaper that stretches back to the early nineteenth century, it also has one of the best news websites available. The website, www.nytimes.com, can be accessed in two different modes. Any Internet user can simply go directly to the main site and access all current articles, or you can choose (at no cost) to have top headlines emailed to you seven days a week.
If you choose the latter method and have the Times appearing in your email, you will receive major news articles in eleven different fixed categories--top stories, international, national, Washington, business, technology, sports, arts, New York local news, staff editorials and op-ed opinion articles. Under each category, three to four top articles are selected daily. Simply click on the article, and you will be taken directly to the article as it appears on the main website. As with many other sites, a simple click will provide a printer-friendly copy (cutting out margins, advertisements, etc.) and links may be provided inside an article. For the op-ed articles, clicking on the name of the writer will bring up not only a picture, but also a short bio of the writer.
Occasional ads may appear on the main page, but the focus is on the news articles themselves. Banner ads are rare and pop-ups never appear. The main interest of the Times is to deliver news to its interested readers.
All of this is free for any article that is seven days old or less. If you wish to access the archives of the Times, modest fees starting at $1.60 USD are charged. The site provides a highly effective search device and names of articles and their source appear (if not directly written by the Times staff.)
The New York Times has a long tradition as a thought-provoking, liberal newspaper. Although a variety of points of view will be published in its op-ed articles, and high-ranking individuals may wish to have their point of view published in the Times, those with an entrenched conservative outlook may feel challenged by the Times. It tends to be critical of the establishment, and, at present, has a well-established track record of publishing many articles highly critical of the Bush administration.