I don't know how the Boston Globe paper does it.
But they always put out some of the most visually appealing photo blog posts around.
They compile amazing collections of images taken by lots of different photographers.
On a different theme each time.
I assume it's a lot easier as a news agency but I'll not be attempting to replicate what they have done.
Besides the rights issues they're also able to show the pictures much larger (Thus the "Big Picture" thing)
My suggestion is to keep checking them and keep them in your RSS reader because almost every post is a winner.
Visit their site: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/
The "2009 in Photos" Review was an obvious winner.
It's in 3 Parts - Part 1, Part 2, part 3
While you're there check out some others and be prepared to be inspired by amazing photography. Mostly in the realms of photojournalism and world events. But also in other areas as well.
More about "The Big Picture"
Remember how I asked how they were able to put together such awesome posts... well here is their about page. It answers all those questions and more.
Here's a little of the about site
The Big Picture is a photo blog for the Boston Globe/boston.com, entries are posted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday by Alan Taylor. Inspired by publications like Life Magazine (of old), National Geographic, and online experiences like MSNBC.com's Picture Stories galleries and Brian Storm's MediaStorm, The Big Picture is intended to highlight high-quality, amazing imagery - with a focus on current events, lesser-known stories and, well, just about anything that comes across the wire that looks really interesting.
For an in depth look into how the Big Picture came along and the insights of the creator and the rise of it's popularity. Check out this blog post by Alan Taylor
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The NY Times and Time - also did 2009 photo reviews. They were US Centric and were clunky in comparison to the Big Picture when you consider how the Big Picture lets you see all the pictures large in one big blog post and the other two make you click and wait for each picture and the pictures are small in comparison. But nevertheless it's great to see the other perspectives
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