Thursday, January 22, 2009

A new life for the print media?

Will the newspaper of the future be without reporters, editors and charge? Some think that free "Penny Saver" type dailies composed strictly of items appearing at its web site plus advertisements is the answer to the high cost and drop in demand for the traditional newspaper.

The Jan. 22 New York Times reports, "The Printed Blog", a Chicago start-up, plans to reprint blog posts on regular paper, surrounded by local ads, and distribute the publications free in big cities, starting with Chicago and San Francisco.

According to publisher Joshua Karp "We are trying to be the first daily newspaper comprised entirely of blogs and other user-generated content. There were so many techniques that I've seen working online that maybe I could apply to the print industry."

It is gratifying to see a big city publisher following and improving upon NewsLanc's lead!