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Boys and Girls, The Future of Newspapers

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by fishwrapper, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Mix in a color LCD screen. A lower price to reach more readers.
    And you got it.
    Shorter stories. Quick-hit news.
    No more longballs. Narratives and the written feature are for magazines.


  2. DougDascenzo

    DougDascenzo Member

    How are you going to wrap a fish in that?
  3. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Presents a problem, doesn't it?
  4. HoopsMcCann

    HoopsMcCann Active Member


    why have one of those when you have one of these?

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  5. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    I have a BlackBerry Pearl. You're missing the point.
    And, when Microsoft launches their platform next year, you can flush that one.
  6. HoopsMcCann

    HoopsMcCann Active Member

    no, i'm not missing the point -- digital readers have been around for a while, with downloadable content. just because its branded by amazon doesn't kill the newspaper. the cell phone and distribution through cell phones and devices like the iphone and blackberry are much more part of the future than amazon's 1996 machine
  7. HoopsMcCann

    HoopsMcCann Active Member

    just like the zune has taken over the world!
  8. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    I didn't say it would kill newspapers. Those were your words.
    You're stuck on the gadget. The immediate technology. The interest is the merger of content and platform and technology. Specifically original content.
    The New York Times and Washington Post seem to thing "amazon's 1996 machine" is worthwhile. They're providers of the content.
  9. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    The thing is, the merger already exists, content-wise anyway -- I read L.A. Times and WaPo stories on my phone all the time. I get AP feeds from Google. All formatted for a cell-phone screen (after about a year of trial-and-error, anyway.)

    The next step is for every daily newspaper in the country to give you that kind of formatted, real-time access to their content on the gadgets people use -- which won't be the Kindle, I'm betting.
  10. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    It won't be Kindle. Of course not. It will be the phone or whatever the utilitarian device it is in five years.
    Associated Press feeds are not the unique content that will save your career. I'm not sure if I can stress that enough. The Google feeds? Will kill careers (mine too) faster than save.
    Your chains. Your papers will need the avenue to deliver the content.
    Without that technology. Without that ambition. Well, you see my point.
    That's the discussion that's worthwhile. Not the microchip.
  11. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    I was thinking about dropping $400 on the 16GB iTouch. After reading about the Kindle, I'm definitely buying the iTouch.
  12. TheMethod

    TheMethod Member

    That thing sounds really impractical to me.
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