Monday, December 20, 2010

Welcome To a New Way of Looking At News

Let's Call It RSS Feeds Meet the HTML5 
Graphic Interface

Wingman Editor in Chief

The big push in Tablets Newspaper apps is using 
the "Magazine" template,
which is very wrong.

This gives us web newspaper sites that look like this: 

Not bad, but still too cluttered.

And This, the New York Times effort:

Which IS Customizable, with clickable

A foot looking for a comfortable shoe.

 This One works for Me and points to the value
of customization.
But Compare the newsies to a 
Real Magazine:

Sports Illustrated Snapshot 
Chrome App

Is Beautiful and works
because that is what the format
is geared toward.

SI Photo of the Day Snap

And You Can

Vote for Photo of the Day
in The SI Snapshot Chrome App.


This really works for Magzines but it's pretty hard to shoehorn newspapers into the Flipbook paradigm.

Something in between and new would serve them better.  But what is the silver-bullet question. 

The take away, newspapers online are having an
Identity Crisis and until That is resolved, newspapers will continue to slide.