Monday, March 29, 2010

The Future Of Newspapers

Welcome to the first post of my new blog for Peter's Place Of Freelance Journalism. The postings will reflect the links and issues relating to the world of journalism. Initially postings will be made around the end of the month. Frequency will increase as I become more adept at this. It will grow as I grow in learning new things. And now to my first comments.

The future of the newspaper is the Daily Prophet. If you haven't heard of the Daily Prophet watch Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban and Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire. The Daily Prophet has moving photos and print that talks. It is a broadsheet, folded in two, with four printed pages. It is capable of being folded and burned. It commands attention.

While the Daily Prophet is part of the magical world of Harry Potter, a real Daily Prophet is non-magical and it is quite possible. Computerized paper is under development. Paper that can be folded and crumpled and imprinted with images and print. Why not a resuable paper that updates are automatically sent to it? Why not inable me to be able to save or print items from it? With a touch of my finger have it speak to me or contect to other content.

But we have the Kindle and other e-readers you say. True, but these are not capable of being folded and thrown down without breaking. They're also too small.

Content is an issue I'll discuss another item, except to say that it needs to be multi-dimensional and not lie flat as current content usually does.