Posts tagged newspapers

Kitchen Maker Takes Over Classified Ads, Makes a Kitchen
From a newspaper in Colombia. The designer’s Felipe Salazar. 
Via Charles Apple.

Kitchen Maker Takes Over Classified Ads, Makes a Kitchen

From a newspaper in Colombia. The designer’s Felipe Salazar

Via Charles Apple.

1918 - 2013
Images: Selected newspaper front pages from around the world, via the Newseum. Select to embiggen.

1918 - 2013

Images: Selected newspaper front pages from around the world, via the Newseum. Select to embiggen.

Crooning about Newspapers

Before coming across this New Yorker list, I couldn’t name you one song about newspapers. Turns out, they inspired quite a few tunes. Above is “They Spelled My Name Wrong Again” by Loudon Wainwright III. Check out all 10 here.—Kat

Video: Youtube, Loudon Wainwright III’s T.S.M.N.W.A.

[Was hard] news ever commercial?

Gerald J. Baldasty’s book, The Commercialization of News in the Nineteenth Century, makes a case clear as spring water that hard news has almost never been a mass commercial enterprise.

The American newspapers of the 1820s and early 1830s were creatures of political parties, edited by zealots. Essentially propaganda sheets, these newspapers were “devoted to winning elections,” as Baldasty wrote… Without newspapers, top political organizer Martin Van Buren once said, “we might as well hang our harps on willows.”

Political parties supported the papers financially, and when editors strayed from the party line into independence, the parties would dump their newspapers.

For the First Time, U.S. Consumes More Digital Media Than TV
Via Mashable: 

According to an eMarketer study released Thursday, Americans spend four hours and 40 minutes online using either a mobile device or a computer, compared with four hours and 31 minutes watching TV.

FJP: Well, I know I spend a third of my life sleeping…. subtract the eight hours at work, two hours commuting… an hour for dinner and a shower… that leaves me with five whole hours to do whatever I want, and television is the answer. —Gabbi

For the First Time, U.S. Consumes More Digital Media Than TV

Via Mashable

According to an eMarketer study released Thursday, Americans spend four hours and 40 minutes online using either a mobile device or a computer, compared with four hours and 31 minutes watching TV.

FJP: Well, I know I spend a third of my life sleeping…. subtract the eight hours at work, two hours commuting… an hour for dinner and a shower… that leaves me with five whole hours to do whatever I want, and television is the answer. —Gabbi

Be it Remembered!
Slate digs up this front page from Philadelphia’s Freeman’s Journal announcing the British “furrendered” in Yorktown, Virginia.
While the Treaty of Paris wasn’t signed for another two years, the October 1781 battle was the end of major hostilities in the Revolutionary War.
Design Notes, via Slate:

As Mariam Touba, a reference librarian at the New-York Historical Society, writes, in Colonial papers big news was often relegated to inside pages. A browse through the volume Reporting the Revolutionary War, which collects pages from Colonial and British newspapers’ coverage of the war’s major events, reveals that it was quite uncommon for newspapers to use type that would yield print bigger than a cramped 8-point font. Somebody at the Freeman’s Journal must have correctly judged this news to be worthy of uncommon typographical enthusiasm.

Image: Freeman’s Journal, October 24, 1781, via Slate. Select to embiggen.

Be it Remembered!

Slate digs up this front page from Philadelphia’s Freeman’s Journal announcing the British “furrendered” in Yorktown, Virginia.

While the Treaty of Paris wasn’t signed for another two years, the October 1781 battle was the end of major hostilities in the Revolutionary War.

Design Notes, via Slate:

As Mariam Touba, a reference librarian at the New-York Historical Society, writes, in Colonial papers big news was often relegated to inside pages. A browse through the volume Reporting the Revolutionary War, which collects pages from Colonial and British newspapers’ coverage of the war’s major events, reveals that it was quite uncommon for newspapers to use type that would yield print bigger than a cramped 8-point font. Somebody at the Freeman’s Journal must have correctly judged this news to be worthy of uncommon typographical enthusiasm.

Image: Freeman’s Journal, October 24, 1781, via Slate. Select to embiggen.

What does an iPhone-ified newspaper look like?

Back in May, The Chicago Sun-Times fired its entire photo staff (including Pulitzer Prize winner John White) in favor of training its reporters in the art of iPhone photography. The blog SunTimes/DarkTimes has been closely following the paper’s transition, collecting images on its front pages and website.

In a similar vein, former Sun-Times staff photographer Rob Hart started his iPhone-driven blog as a way to chronicle his life after being laid-off. In an interview with Chicagoist, Hart gave his opinion on the paper’s decision:

"Look, an iPhone can be used to take amazing photographs. But not every owner of an iPhone has the ability to capture a moment and tell a story with pictures the way a photojournalist can…I don’t think (reporters shooting pictures with iPhones) will succeed…Everything is done on the cheap. I don’t think anything they do has a chance of succeeding."

comment on SunTimes/DarkTimes lamented the iPhone-ified paper:

The quality in images is like night and day. Truly saddening to see some of the best talent discarded over some dollars and cents.

FJP: The aesthetic quality isn’t the only thing the Sun-Times put at stake. A strong photograph doesn’t just merely accompany an article or fill up space on a website. Photojournalists in the past have shown us that photos can enhance a story and even tell the tale on their own. I hope the Sun-Times does not lose sight of that. —Kat

Images: Screenshots of newspapers curated by SunTimes/DarkTimes blog.

Prison Times
Handwritten newspaper created by Confederate soldiers imprisoned at Fort Delaware in 1865.
Extra, Extra? Read all about it, via Slate.

Prison Times

Handwritten newspaper created by Confederate soldiers imprisoned at Fort Delaware in 1865.

Extra, Extra? Read all about it, via Slate.

The New York Times reports this week that only 1 in 8 of New York’s public high schools has a student newspaper — and many of those are published just a few times a year. A few more are online, which can leave out poorer schools.

The national figures are a little higher. But as Rebecca Dwarka, an 18-year-old senior in the Bronx who works for her student paper, The Dewitt Clinton News, told the Times, “Facebook is the new way of finding out what happened. Nobody wants to actually sit down and read a whole article about it,” which makes a “whole article” sound a little like a long sentence in solitary confinement.

Scott Simon, High School Newspapers: An Endangered Species, NPR.

FJP: And then there are things like Rhode Island’s 2011 anti-bullying law, which banned the use of social networks on school grounds. Here’s the Xtranormal take (video: 3 min 13 sec) on what high school journalism classrooms would look like without Facebook.

A trade group says that newspapers like the New York Times have seen large increases in circulation, but that’s partly because they are allowed to count their readers multiple times. The industry needs to do better.

Via paidContent:

The latest circulation gains for the NYT and others came courtesy of the Alliance for Audited Media (formerly known as the Audit Bureau of Circulations), an industry group composed of advertising agencies and publishers. The group noted that the numbers are not really comparable to the previous year’s results for a number of reasons, including the fact that some newspapers have launched new subscription formats, stopped printing every day and so on.

As Edmund Lee at Bloomberg points out, the AAM survey — which is somewhat ironically locked behind a paywall — also allows publishers to count their readers multiple times, according to rules adopted recently by the group. In other words, newspapers can count someone who reads the newspaper in print, on the web and on their Kindle as three separate readers. But doesn’t this inflate their readership numbers unreasonably? It sure does. The bottom line is that no one really knows what the “real” readership numbers are for newspapers.

Some argue this has always been the case with newspapers, which is true: publishers have routinely engaged in all kinds of shady tricks to boost their circulation — including special discounts for bulk purchases by hotels and airlines and other giveaways, and even dumping large quantities into ravines or pulping them after printing. On top of that, many papers have inflated their readership numbers for years by claiming that each copy gets read by as many as five people, an estimate that borders on the ridiculous.

First Love
Came across this image via The Paris Review’s Notes from a Bookshop (by Kelly McMasters), which is quite literally about just that, and quite lovely so you should check it out. But I was reminded how much I love this poem by Sharon Olds so I had to find and share the entire thing.—Jihii
First Love, by Sharon Olds via The American Poetry Review: 

It was Sunday morning, I had the New York
Times spread out on my dormitory floor, its
black print coming off dark silver on the
heels of my palms, it was Spring and I had the
dormer window of my room open, to
let it in, I even had the radio 
on, I was letting it all in, the
tiny silvery radio voices—I
even let myself feel that it was EAster, the
dark flower of his life opening
again, his life being given back
again, I was in love and could take it, the ink
staining my hands, the news on the radio
coming in my ears, there had been a wreck
and they said your name, son of the well-known they
said your name. Then they said where they’d
taken the wounded and the dead, and I called the
hospital, I remember kneeling by the
phone on the third-floor landing of the dorm, the
dark steep stairs down
next to me, I spoke to a young
man a young doctor there in the
Emergency Room, my open ear
pressed to the dark receiver, my open
life pressed to the world, I said
Which one of them died, and he said your name,
he was standing there in the room with you
saying your name.
 I remember I leaned my
forehead against the varnished bars of the
baluster rails and held on,
pulling at the rails as if I wanted to
pull them together, shut them like a dark
door, close myself like a door
as you had been shut, closed off, but I could not
do it, the pain kept coursing through me like
life, like the gift of life.

Image & H/T: The Paris Review Tumblr

First Love

Came across this image via The Paris Review’s Notes from a Bookshop (by Kelly McMasters), which is quite literally about just that, and quite lovely so you should check it out. But I was reminded how much I love this poem by Sharon Olds so I had to find and share the entire thing.—Jihii

First Love, by Sharon Olds via The American Poetry Review: 

It was Sunday morning, I had the New York

Times spread out on my dormitory floor, its

black print coming off dark silver on the

heels of my palms, it was Spring and I had the

dormer window of my room open, to

let it in, I even had the radio 

on, I was letting it all in, the

tiny silvery radio voices—I

even let myself feel that it was EAster, the

dark flower of his life opening

again, his life being given back

again, I was in love and could take it, the ink

staining my hands, the news on the radio

coming in my ears, there had been a wreck

and they said your name, son of the well-known they

said your name. Then they said where they’d

taken the wounded and the dead, and I called the

hospital, I remember kneeling by the

phone on the third-floor landing of the dorm, the

dark steep stairs down

next to me, I spoke to a young

man a young doctor there in the

Emergency Room, my open ear

pressed to the dark receiver, my open

life pressed to the world, I said

Which one of them died, and he said your name,

he was standing there in the room with you

saying your name.

I remember I leaned my

forehead against the varnished bars of the

baluster rails and held on,

pulling at the rails as if I wanted to

pull them together, shut them like a dark

door, close myself like a door

as you had been shut, closed off, but I could not

do it, the pain kept coursing through me like

life, like the gift of life.

Image & H/T: The Paris Review Tumblr

The Stressful Careers of Photojournalists and Newspaper Reporters
Using metrics such as career opportunity, compensation, deadlines, working in the public eye, and danger among others to generate an overall “stress score”, CareerCast has a top ten list of the most stressful jobs of 2013.
Congratulations, photojournalists and newspaper reporters, you’ve cracked the list.
Reiterating what we already know, CareerCast reports:

Two careers in the media industry score highly on the stress scale: photojournalist and newspaper reporter. Professionals from each field can be thrown into the epicenter of dangerous situations, such as war, natural disasters and police chases. Both careers also have declining job opportunities as the 21st century media landscape evolves. Newspaper reporters in particular face a shrinking job market; the BLS estimates a 6% job decline in the industry by 2020.
The growth of online media has transformed the newspaper reporter’s job immensely. The immediacy internet outlets provide can be a useful tool, but it can also be a huge trap. Striving for the fastest reports can lead to inaccuracy and heightened stress. Watchful public eyes are trained on reporters at all times, so an incorrect report can compromise a reporter’s reputation as quickly as they can send a tweet.

The least stressful job for 2013? University professor.
Image: Stressful Careers. Select to embiggen.

The Stressful Careers of Photojournalists and Newspaper Reporters

Using metrics such as career opportunity, compensation, deadlines, working in the public eye, and danger among others to generate an overall “stress score”, CareerCast has a top ten list of the most stressful jobs of 2013.

Congratulations, photojournalists and newspaper reporters, you’ve cracked the list.

Reiterating what we already know, CareerCast reports:

Two careers in the media industry score highly on the stress scale: photojournalist and newspaper reporter. Professionals from each field can be thrown into the epicenter of dangerous situations, such as war, natural disasters and police chases. Both careers also have declining job opportunities as the 21st century media landscape evolves. Newspaper reporters in particular face a shrinking job market; the BLS estimates a 6% job decline in the industry by 2020.

The growth of online media has transformed the newspaper reporter’s job immensely. The immediacy internet outlets provide can be a useful tool, but it can also be a huge trap. Striving for the fastest reports can lead to inaccuracy and heightened stress. Watchful public eyes are trained on reporters at all times, so an incorrect report can compromise a reporter’s reputation as quickly as they can send a tweet.

The least stressful job for 2013? University professor.

Image: Stressful Careers. Select to embiggen.

How We Read our Newspapers
fotojournalismus:

A man reads a newspaper inside a dilapidated baby’s crib along a street in downtown Manila, Philippines on April 10, 2013.
[Credit : Aaron Favila/AP]

FJP: I personally spread it out over the kitchen table but this works. — Michael

How We Read our Newspapers

fotojournalismus:

A man reads a newspaper inside a dilapidated baby’s crib along a street in downtown Manila, Philippines on April 10, 2013.

[Credit : Aaron Favila/AP]

FJP: I personally spread it out over the kitchen table but this works. — Michael

Newspaper Advertising
bostonreview:

Why the Washington Post and other newspapers need pay walls. (Via The Atlantic)

FJP: Interesting to see since we we were just having a conversation about it.

Newspaper Advertising

bostonreview:

Why the Washington Post and other newspapers need pay walls. (Via The Atlantic)

FJP: Interesting to see since we we were just having a conversation about it.