New Study Agrees That Customized Newspapers Are The Future

from the but-don't-we-have-that-already? dept

A week and a half ago, we wrote about Vin Crosbie’s suggestion that newspapers need to offer completely customizable online versions to attract readers. Now, the Project for Excellence in Journalism has released a report entitled The State of the News Media that seems to come to pretty much the same conclusion. They say that, while circulation is declining and many newspapers are struggling, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for those who choose to head towards it. They believe that much more customized online news is what will save newspapers. So, I still stand by my original question: why should it be the newspapers who do this customization? Already, people can “create their own newspapers” just using the web and finding the stories that are interesting to them. What additional advantage is there for the newspapers themselves to offer the customization tools? Is the role of the newspaper to write the news or to deliver the news – or both?

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “New Study Agrees That Customized Newspapers Are The Future”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
Anonymous Coward says:

Agreed - they're both missing the point

The problem is they’re approaching it from the editorial perspective, vs. what people really get/want from a newspaper.

Syndicated and “wire” stories are filler. If you look at what consumers use a newspaper for, its local news, local weather, local opinion, and local ads. Yes, the large papers have all kinds of additional articles & sections – but come on, those sections are really there to sell local context ads. Which isn’t a BAD thing, I know people who buy the paper to SCAN for local ads and sales.

Check the Car section of any Saturday paper in the country – yes, there may be a few cute columns or occasionally good advice, but nothing like what’s available on the internet. And with something like 70% of car shoppers researching on the ‘net now… is anyone really counting on that Car section to get them by? Of course not. But damn, isn’t it handy to use it and see what local dealers have on special right now? However, as an internet publisher, I’m happy to see the dead tree media heading off again in the wrong direction.

jeurno says:

Re: Agreed - they're both missing the point

Only an american could write this! Local news? I read my *NATIONAL* newspaper to read about the state of the world, art, books, music. It isn’t a local thing – it’s a global thing. Yes, I also have a local newspaper – it’s full of local things like Mrs Jone’s dogs fleas (like most US newspapers). It is as dull as ditchwater and usually a complete waste of money. I don’t want a personalised service because I want to be surprised. It might be nice to be able to say “no articles about mtoro cars” or whatever, but actually I even read the sports pages sometimes and I hate sport and have no interest in it.

thecaptain says:

Re: Re: Agreed - they're both missing the point

What does being an american have to do with it? That comment really doesn’t make you look good…rather childish.

I’m canadian and while I do like reading stories on an international or national level, I want local news, NEED local news, of which there is very little or none online and in the local newspapers as well.

I have european friends who feel the same way.

Anonymous Coward says:


Seems to me that there will long be the need for news compilation based on social importance and demand done (hopefully) by those who strive to be unbiased, experienced, educated, and thoughtful. Probably the majority of information consumers do not have the time to perform this compilation for themselves. Newspapers (of some form) can and probably will continue to fill this role.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...