For some time now I’ve been surprised by the continued existence of paper newspapers.
When you take a step back, it’s something that should have ended long ago:
– A snapshot of news information is taken at one point in time (perhaps 6-12 hours before you read it)
– That news is printed onto paper
– The paper is delivered to shops
– People travel to the shops to collect it
– Finally the paper is put into recycling and transported to a recycling centre
When you look at all the steps, and the time and environmental impact they have, it’s a most inefficient system considering current technology:
For those without a smartphone, for the cost of one month’s worth of newspapers you can buy a 7″ tablet that will fit in a pocket.
With that you have access to the latest news, and can download it for offline reading.
While the delivery method should have changed, there will of course be a need for good journalists to provide that information. However the newspapers don’t seem to have come up with a decent subscription model for digital use yet – the ones I have seen to date are charging huge amounts.
However journalists are another profession that should be aware of the future – some sites now have news stories written by ‘robots’ already! It’s difficult for people to tell the difference between a robot written story and one written by humans – and the technology is just in its early stages.
This article from the Guardian will be of interest: