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What comes to mind when you think of newspapers?
As more magazines take advantage of the iPad’s popularity, one thing thus far has been clear: most publishers are simply reproducing their print products on the digital screen. In a recent interview, Matthew Carlson , principal of experience strategy and design at Hot Studio Inc. , said established magazines are thus far missing the boat by producing iPad editions weighed down by bloated files, slow downloads and locked content: Magazines have traditionally thought of themselves as kind of a locked book, of a complete, discreet object.
There's an idea, emanating from New York, that if we somehow combine the talents of programmers and journalists, we'll figure out how to make news work in the age of the Internet. I haven't been sure what to call this, but I agree that there's a lot of power in the combination.
As newspapers everywhere struggle to stay afloat and remake themselves for a web-based world, many continue to debate how much emphasis they should put on digital vs. their traditional print operations. John Paton, CEO of the Journal Register group of newspapers, says the time for debate is over. Newspapers need to be digital first in everything they do , he says, and more than that, they need to take the same approach to their businesses that many web-based startups have, and that means being transparent, crowdsourced, collaborative and flat.
Much discussion (and some dismay ) surrounds the current upheaval in the ebook pricing model.