Saturday, September 03, 2005

Media_what's the potential future for newspapers?

Have you still read newspaper? I guess more than 50 percent of the youth between 20 to 25 would say no. Even before I work in the current newspaper, I don't read it in print, too. So does newspaper still have the market?

Newspaper is hard to report spot news now coz it couldn't report it anytime as Internet/wires do. Newspaper stories are also not research-based and well-written as reporters don't have enough time to cover all in one day. The only advantage for newspaper is that some readers are still used to reading newspaper every day, not every second, or every week. But will that last long?

Some newspaper does a good job. New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Financial Times still post good-quality articles as well as inside news. But for the others, the job is easies, with following news wires and writing simple stories, which could only keep current readers without expanding more.

So what's the future for newspapers????


Marc van der Chijs said...

Hi Amy, it seems the comment spammers have found you as well :-(

I hardly ever read print newspapers anymore (I used to subscribe to two papers). I follow most news through blogs, and through online papers. The only time I read a paper is big Sunday paper when I am travelling, and want to spend a Sunday morning drinking coffee and reading.

Possibly electronic paper may make a difference. Reading a newspaper online is a hassle, but when electronic paper is hitting the market I might consider subscring to a newspaper that can be read on this format. The good thing is that you can always take it with you, and it's always the latest issue (as long as the electronic paper has some wifi connectivity).

I think only high-quality papers or maybe niche market papers can survive. Indeed the high-quality NYT is one of the few papers that I read in my RSS reader. Before I used RSS I hardly ever read it, so this paper gained a reader by having RSS feeds. If it would become available in an electronic paper version I might actually be willing to pay for it.

Another thing I might be willing to pay for is newspapers from Holland (my native country). If in the future I could read the weekend paper in a different way than on my laptop screen I might be willing to pay for that.

I am afraid most papers won't survive. Only the very best will still be there in 10-15 years, the rest will be taken over by blogs and news organizations feeds.

the Bromgrev said...

Well, you know about me and newspapers already, but I agree with Marc - electronic newspapers (newsreaders?) may be the future. The SCMP is not going the right way by charging for its online version, that just makes people turn to free news websites instead. I don't think the industry can survive if it doesn't adapt.

Good luck with the spammers, by the way!

Amy or koala said...

hoho, I wonder what is the criteria for spammers to choose blog to leave comment.

Yes, I think newspaper will survive if it doesn't not keep its tradition, which only focuses on immediate news. They should try to attract more readers by providing what they wants, such as RSS and more research-based stories. But unfortunately, as many editors who are used to design the newspaper in the traditional way, it may takes some time for them to see the trends. In the meantime, the hard competition between newspapers have already begun... also in China where all media are state-owned.

the Bromgrev said...

Re: Spammers, maybe you could try activating the text-verification feature on your comments settings.

Marc van der Chijs said...

Bromgrev: what I meant with electronic paper is a new kind of paper that can be re-used. It is like a thin monitor in the form of paper. A basic version was introduced by Philips on an electronics fair last week. It can be rolled up, so you can put it in your pocket.

Papers should use this technology to win back (or gain new) readers.

the Bromgrev said...

Yes, I remember reading about this in New Scientist a long time ago. It will be interesting to see which technology is used, the "electronic paper" or a mobile-phone news reader - or something completely different.

Amy or koala said...

hoho, add the text-verification and also account verification, though making things a little troublesome. Spammers are not a big problem, but someone who really hate me would always like to comment here annoymous.

dq said...

Hi Amy, What a very interesting question; a question that has been floating around for years. I actually work at a newspaper in the United States right smack dab in Silicon Valley where and Apple reside, yet we have newspapers still in technology land.

Currently our newspaper, PA Weekly, is trying to create an online classfieds called to compete with At the same time the newpaper uploads articles to their website: www.paloaltoonline. We also have couple other random websites..

what it pretty much boils down to is a website junk yard. THe newpspaer is media mashing which ends up turning the content into this unattractive goo.

so postmodern aye? :)

this reminds me of this music trend going on in the US, particularly San Francisco called Mash-ups. It's DJs who bootletg popular songs like Madonna and the Beatles and then mix them up using a sound editing program. There is even a really good band following the trend - a band plays lives music that has been mashed digitally. Very cool.

an interesting example of media mashing. Sometimes media mashing births beatiful new directions for the Internet and digital media. Other times, media mashing gives me indigestion.


Amy or koala said...

wow, the sites are all cool stuffs,dq. I think why newspaper still exists in this digital media is it is easy to read anywhere anytime. You couldn't bring a laptop all the time, for example in the washingroom, but you could bring the newspaper:)

That's why newspaper industry is not hit as much as music industry. You could hear music all the time with an iPod or Mp3, but the easily-taken-with digital newspaper haven't be created. But I would like to say the newspaper still alive in a digital media, though it is not "paper" yet, haha. It should be called "e-news-daily" something.