The Times newspaper opened their archive beginning with 1785 publications as a digital storage and made it for an introductory period freely accessible:
Even the most assiduous (or obsessed) biographer does not have time to scour every page of the world’s most famous newspaper for references to his subject. Even a historian utterly steeped in her subject cannot expect to have found every scrap of newspaper evidence relating to it.
Digitisation has changed all that. With every word published in The Times between 1785 and 1985 now accessible online, anyone, anywhere can search for a name, a subject, even a word, comprehensively and almost instantaneously. The same is true of other newspaper archives, but none has quite the scope of The Times. … (read the entire article by Ben Macintyre)
… another access to news from a formerly for the west mostly disclosed point of view delivers Al Jazeera, which with its english outlet is also accessible to a western audience since 2006. Al Jazeera English just recently won a price for the “Best 24 Hour News Programme”.