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Friday, October 14, 2005 2:53 PM
Where Are Newspapers Headed?
Kevin Salwen on Culture

The Wall Street Journal announced earlier this week that it was shrinking its page size to save money on paper and postage. That, coupled with slipping or flat circulation across the newspaper world, triggered Washington Post media writer Frank Ahrens to take a look at the future of print newspapers. Interesting thoughts in here.

One thing that strikes me is that I still love two things about paper newspapers:
1) The portability. I want to read it in the park while my dogs run, no problem. That may change when I can download the entire paper, but that's likely a way off.
2) The seredipity factor. When I turn the page of a newspaper, I never know what I'm going to get. And often I find myself reading something I had never expected, learning in ways I hadn't anticipated. I don't think that's ingrained yet with online papers, where you have to click on specific items to see what's there.

What's your take? Where are print newspapers headed?


Elizabeth Marshall - 4/12/2006 10:29:45 PM
My take? It depends on the day...literally. Monday through Friday, I am a NY Times online kind of girl. While scrolling through emails at the start of the day, I allow myself the luxury of skimming through the NYTImes that is ever-so-conveniently sent to my inbox each day. The weekend? Totally a different story. One of my favorite weekend rituals is to go to breakfast with my beau and to comb through the paper. Each and every word of it. like Kevin, I frequently read articles in other sections and walk away with more than just the headlines. But, then again, I get that from the NYT as well. My most consistent news source? NPR. As a small biz owner, I am in the car a fair bit, so I tend to catch up via radio. Talk about some interesting learning. I cannot recall a week when I didn't learn something on NPR that I went on to reference while giving a workshop, talk, writing an article or working with my clients. NPR's approach tends to keep me learning in fresh, new ways.
cleo - 4/12/2006 6:46:20 AM
I think that a morning newspaper is the best thing on the weekend
Janet Auty-Carlisle - 10/17/2005 11:36:57 PM
Hey Jennifer, I am with you on this one...as a fellow Canadian. My pick is the Toronto Star though cause I love the comics in them. I am soooo happy Calvin and Hobbes have been included. If I don't get my paper and read it with a coffee or two I feel like my weekend is off to the wrong start. I like the feel of the paper, the pictures and the comments. I can pick it up and put it down when I want...Personal choices to be sure but down loading from a computer just doesn't do it for me...and I have ebooks that I write and sell....!
Living la vida fearless, Jan
Jennifer - 10/17/2005 11:02:12 PM
I love my weekend newspaper (The Globe and Mail) -- I love picking it up -- originally at the local bake shop and now with the birth of my daughter, delivered to my front door. It's a ritual enjoyed with my morning coffee. I can't imagine spending a weekend at home without it.


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