Is there an interactive newspaper (late and technical)

12 Jul 2006 - 7:40pm
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Jay Morgan

Getting technical:
A newspaper - the paper one - has an editorial board, ombudsman, and staff
writers. This organization matters like a design team structure matters -
it determines the work they do and what they're capable of.
NYTimes and other traditional papers preserve this staff and publish online
with minor adjustments to the traditional format.
Google News is a news source, not a newspaper.
The Kansas paper mentioned before, Lawrence Journal-World at,
is a newer example that seems to have a board and writers that are local. I
dont' recall which public radio program aired the analysis of their staff
and their approach, but the patriarch heading parent company World Co.
essentially told them, 'Go make this online paper. If I like what you're
doing, chances are you're doing it wrong'. Who else has that edict from the
old, white, male bossman?
Then, we have newsmap,

If you go interactive, what parts of the paper would still make it an
Newspapers were deconstructed to go online. There are parts of them living
individually in distinct areas. Consider the parts of the paper and where
you find them online now:
- Classifieds became, , craigslist; the classifieds
made huge money for papers, and those companies still own a lot of the
classifieds on the car sites, for example;
- Op-Eds live in blogs, blogs owned by publishers, papers, media darlings,
and news hacks;
- Cartoons are present in the Flash-based animated mockery you see tied to
political figures; also there's wider distribution of each syndicated comic
artist's work on their publishers' sites;
- Newspapers also had syndicated columnists
- News wires provided news that smaller shops couldn't reach, but could pay
to be given.

News source versus newspaper:
The web takes the wire to a new level. However, if I check a topic in
Google News, follow the top few links for a given story, then check the
by-lines, I might be reading about an American story in a Hong Kong paper,
then a Canadian paper, then a paper that's in a part of the US removed from
the story. Are those as helpful or relevant to the reader? Does the reader
get to pick columnists or publishers or geographic location? The by-line in
a paper tells you a good bit about what you're getting. Also, what if a
Google News link goes to a site that requires membership to get the story?
If the Washington Times asks for membership, and my other two choices are
less reputable papers, what choices does the reader have? Online, you could
get the wire without the paper. You can read the AP or Reuters site, plus
get video from the wire.

What are you tasked to build? Is it a paper with a set staff who review
stories? Or, is it an interface to collect stories?

On 7/10/06, gussy. co. uk < codiuk at> wrote:
> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
> material.]
> Looking at the different designs for newspapers and the way different
> cultures interact with the different formats, I arrived at a question
> which i wanted to pose for discussion.
> What is an interactive newspaper, is there an example of an
> interactive newspaper?
> How can we as designers rethink of new ways to allow the users to
> gather their own news into a platform?
> Taking into consideration the cultural and social aspect of the
> newspaper how can we devise a universal newspaper which can afford
> different language while still retaining the pictorial and visual
> quality?
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