Wednesday, March 5, 2008

What if newspapers were delivered electronically on weekdays and in print on Sunday?

Being entrepreneurial, I keep thinking about ideas to solve current and future problems. I thought its high time to document those and hence I am starting "what if" posts with this one.

What if newspapers were delivered electronically on weekdays and in print on Sunday?

Of course problem I am trying to solve is dying print media. How many of us read newspapers any more? Google News, blogs, aggregators (such as Techmeme) are where we get our news from. Recently I got to hear from an IT director at a leading print magazine - he mentioned that they are trying to be a media company. This was the first for me, but it does make sense. Now-a-days audio, video is at par with print and is a must.

Coming back to solution. I must add this is inspired by Scott Karp's post on Publishing 2.0 blog. What if publishing houses deliver more of editorial edition and less of news (late breaking :) and that too either saturday or sunday? This product would be somewhere in middle of editorial section of a daily newspaper and a weekly/bimonthly magazine. Ads would be more for brand awareness as opposed to "call for action". This way one can get some time on weekend to take a step back from internet news world and see it from pure editorial perspective. Further such a product should be customizable by the end user. Say I would like to read more about technology and health. Even better if they can let one pick the writers. Say for example I like to read Scott Karp and Michael Arrington, so have their blogs included in this product.


Mohan said...

Interesting thought man!

News papers spend humongous money on infrastructure to ensure that they can capture the breaking news as late as 2am in the morning!
Guess what, there are many other ways people get news breaking even later.
Also, Magazine, Books and Tabloids are doing relatively better than traditional newspaper.
- I agree with your view that they should either become a replacement for ValPack like business model (delivery print ads cheeply to consumer's door) <OR> become tabloids and magazines by focusing on editorial articles on less time sensitive news/trend.

Anonymous said...

I really like when people are expressing their opinion and thought. So I like the way you are writing

Anonymous said...

I not going to be origiona this time, but relly good artcile, indeed

Anonymous said...

What a great resource!

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Any person can implement and maintain their xmpp server; there is no central server to control the entire network. Built in XMPP uses a decentralized approach.

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