To me, it seems that newspapers deserve a better fate than lining the birdcage of history. They are an historic entity. And I know this whole technology thing is what all the kids are talking about, but isn’t it great to actually turn the pages of something, be it a book, magazine or paper, and follow a story line from page to page? I keep hope alive that certain niche markets will keep smaller versions of the original print versions of papers going, but it does seem inevitable that many of the larger rags will go online only in the not too distant future. The horror.
In any event, here are some ideas that are floating around in the ether on how to possibly save this sinking ship.
From Time Magazine, by Walter Isaacson, How to Save Your Newspaper. This is a great article, but it pushes the idea of paying for online content, which many many people are vehemently opposed to, but seems an inevitable conclusion in the long run.
This short but excellent TED Talk features Jacek Utko, A European Art Director, who took some failing Eastern European newspapers and made them look pretty, with amazing results.
Can Design Save the Newspaper?
And this is just a cool site. Rayogram Newscan shows you the full printed front pages of the world’s major newspapers, side by side. Which actually goes a long way in proving the point of the TED Talk, that re-design in newspapers is sorely needed .