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. » 3/27/15 2:30am Friday 2:30am

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. » 9/23/14 3:49pm 9/23/14 3:49pm

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. » 8/26/14 6:18pm 8/26/14 6:18pm

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. » 8/08/14 4:00pm 8/08/14 4:00pm

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… » 8/04/14 4:06pm 8/04/14 4:06pm

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… » 7/08/14 1:01pm 7/08/14 1:01pm

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… » 6/12/14 12:02pm 6/12/14 12:02pm

In its quest to develop cheaper products people might be more inclined to buy, The New York Times is launching yet another bite-size subscription, NYT Opinion. For $1.50 a week, you'll get access to just the opinion section, columnists and a few related extras. » 6/04/14 9:34am 6/04/14 9:34am

The Reinvented Los Angeles Times Focuses In On L.A.'s 300 Neighborhoods

Los Angeles is a big place—400 square miles, 88 separate cities—and it's rare that what constitutes news in one corner even applies to another. For the first time in its history, the Los Angeles Times is recognizing this fact with an ambitious redesign that allows readers to zero in on what's happening down the street. » 5/05/14 12:00pm 5/05/14 12:00pm

LED Holders Upgrade Newspapers With the Latest Headlines

If you've ever read the newspaper in a library or a coffee shop, 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 » 4/18/14 1:40pm 4/18/14 1:40pm

Next week, the struggling New York Times will launch a new app with content tailored for a "mobile audience." Called NYT Now, it'll cost $8 per month for non-subscribers. Additionally, a new Times Premiere plan with more content will cost (!) $45 per month—without print. Both seem a little pricey for what they are,… » 3/27/14 9:14am 3/27/14 9:14am

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. » 2/02/14 1:00pm 2/02/14 1:00pm

The NYTimes.com 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 customizable (and GIF-able) it's new homepage will be. » 1/07/14 10:20am 1/07/14 10:20am

Hackers Invaded the Washington Post for "a Few Days"

Looks like Jeff Bezos's new toy, The Washington Post, is the latest victim in the hacker war on newspapers. Company officials announced Wednesday that hackers had gained access to employees' usernames and passwords, though it's unclear how much data the company lost. » 12/18/13 6:04pm 12/18/13 6:04pm

6 Predictions For the Coming Video Revolution (of 1986)

Remember 1986? My memories of the time are a bit hazy, since I was just three years old and all. But apparently, the poor saps of the mid-1980s didn't even have streaming HD movies pouring through their internet tubes. The horror! » 11/15/13 2:39pm 11/15/13 2:39pm

The 5 Biggest News Websites of 2010 (As Predicted in 2000)

Back in the year 2000, futurist Frank Feather looked into his crystal ball and predicted that Quixtar would be one of the biggest retail websites of 2010. Needless to say, it wasn't. But Feather's predictions weren't all bad. Especially when it came to the future of news. » 11/04/13 3:06pm 11/04/13 3:06pm

New Newspaper Owner Jeff Bezos on the Bleak Future of Newspapers Last…

Well this is just fun. Jeff Bezos talked with German newspaper Berliner-Zeitung in 2012 about the dark future of newspapers and how they can be relevant to Amazon. And well, since Bezos is now a newspaper baron, it's probably a good idea to revisit his rather bleak thoughts on print. » 8/05/13 9:01pm 8/05/13 9:01pm

Q&A With the Chicago Tribune Editors Who Put a Cat on Their Homepage

Earlier today, visitors to the Chicago Tribune's homepage were greeted not with traditional lead story or splash image. Instead, there was an adorable kitty, a placeholder headline, and the word test over and over again. While it was a welcome break from the the usual gloom and doom, it was also very clearly a… » 7/30/13 7:15pm 7/30/13 7:15pm

The First Emoticons Were Used in 1881

=) -_- T_T =P ;) Oh, the emoticon. Depending on who you're talking to (or I guess texting to? messaging to?) at the moment, emoticons can be as common as some words. When did they first start showing up? Did people write letters with smileys and frowny faces? Were typewriters used to express emotion through symbols?… » 7/16/13 8:30pm 7/16/13 8:30pm