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Cutting Trees From Newspapers Is The Height Of Irony

Newspaper writers always joke about how their industry is all about selling dead trees. Well, one artist decided to flip that around, making dead trees emerge from newspapers.

1922: Radio Will Kill The Newspaper Star

Each generation seems to think that it’s the first to imagine radical change in the newspaper industry. The predictions of futuristic robot editors? They date back to at least 1968. Tablet news? At least 1994. Printing the news by radio right in your home? 1934.

The London Times Is Blasting Reporters With Typewriter Sound Effects

Rupert Murdoch must be feeling nostalgic: Reporters in The Times UK‘s newsroom are working under a constant soundtrack of (artificial) typewriter clatter. It’s an experiment to “increase energy levels”, and for a generation of reporters who grew up on word processors, it’s probably torture.

Editor Accidentally Copy-Pastes Facebook Status Into Newspaper Article

Readers of the Memphis Commercial Appeal found a strangely out-of-place paragraph in an article about business zoning regulations: A 350-plus word status update apparently intended for the Facebook page of the newspaper’s copy editor. At least she alerted us that it’d be long.

The 1920s Tabloid Reporter Who Predicted TV Could Kill Newspapers

“What for example could be staler than to-morrow morning’s newspaper account of a prize-fight or political convention one has already received over the radio?” wrote one commentator in 1928. Radio was overtaking print as the news medium of the day and some people insisted that newspapers were going to disappear completely. And with that, “serious” reporting would go the way of the dodo. Sound familiar?

Newspaper Publisher Predicted Robot Editors In 1968

Otto A. Silha, was a pretty forward-thinking guy — especially in an industry that we think of today as tremendously resistant to change. Silha was the publisher of the Minneapolis Star and Tribune newspapers, and he was known for embracing new technologies in the publishing business. He was enthusiastic about computers, networking, and the tools that he thought would make his business most efficient: robot editors.

The Retro-Future Is Littered With Print-Outs

I print nearly everything: boarding passes, itineraries and all the online papers that I use for research to write this blog. I know this makes me a weirdo — these things don’t “need” to be converted to paper form. But believe it or not I’m living much closer to the paper-filled future that was imagined for most of the 20th century. Paperless office my arse.

LED Holders Upgrade Newspapers With The Latest Headlines

If you’ve ever read the newspaper in a library or a cafe, you’ve probably used those long wooden holders that help make them slightly easier to wrangle without tearing the pages and impossible to pilfer. But an ad agency in Switzerland found a way to make them even more useful with invisible LED news tickers that enhance the day-old papers with the latest headlines.

What Magazines Do You Still Subscribe To?

The internet has all but replaced traditional print media as most people’s primary news source, with newspapers and magazines across the country either scrambling to adapt or slowly being crushed by the wheels of technological advancement.

The Is Relaunching By Putting Your Face On The Front Page

The New York Times already gave us a preview of its brighter, cleaner and all around more beautiful website earlier this year. But starting tomorrow the redesign will be here to stay. And, to celebrate, the New York Times is showing off just how customisable (and GIF-able) it’s new homepage will be.

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