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Let's start this off by talking about tablets. You know, iPads and Kindle Fires and such. If the third type of lie (statistics) is to be believed, half of American adults own a tablet. And
Overall, that puts at about 20% the percentage of Americans who read news daily on their tablets.
The only thing about that number that should be surprising is that it's so low. Of course, take into account your casual news reader (that is, someone who gets the bulk of their news from TV or radio sources), and I'm sure the number of people getting news on their tablets is much higher.
Again, this came as a surprise to no one. Here's a group of Knight Ridder folks talking about a tablet newspaper with interactive graphics and embeddable video and audio. In 1994.
Knight Ridder was bought out by McClatchy in 2006. Here is a
I wrote last month that news is not in trouble. I still believe that's true, despite Morley Safer
So is the
Let me say it again. Technology is not killing news. It's killing newsprint. Here, in case you didn't get that:
Technology is not killing news, it's killing newsprint.
The New York Times' recent multimedia piece
Fifty years ago, New York City's seven daily newspapers – that's right, seven – were in the midst of a 114-day strike. Vanity Fair has a
Back to that New York Times piece for a moment. That's the sort of artistic long-form journalism you couldn't do in a newspaper. And during that strike, newspaper people went off and became artists. Tom Wolfe. Jimmy Breslin. Nora Ephron. Gay Talese. Pate Hamill. And they, in turn, helped launch journalism as an art form, and 50 years later, someone like Fontezia Walker can take a creative writing class and make the
And so long as the