Sunday, March 03, 2013

News change

Good heavens. Not only is our big paper changing to almost the size of our little paper tomorrow, the website has changed dramatically too.

All this change is doing my head in.

Note: What was our big paper was a broadsheet, The Age, and our little paper is the tabloid Herald Sun. Our national paper is The Australian, still a broadsheet.

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  1. In terms of crappiness, Herald Sun stands out. The Australian was dull as dish water. I wonder how The Age will report in its smaller format.

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    1. Michael, they are promising that the content will not change and high standards will be maintained. I like your descriptions of the other two papers.

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  2. At least they are easier to read on the tram.

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    1. That is true.. That is why OUR newspaper (The Age) is changing to a more manageable size.

      But call it snobbery or custom. I believe that tabloid = advertising, sport and low level journalism. Broadsheet = thoughtful analysis.

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    2. Diane, that is an often heard complaint and it will be.

      Hels, I think they need to change the paper's banner to a bright colour, so that people don't think we are reading the other paper.

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  3. Just had a complaint about that change from a retired journalist friend in Geelong. As I wrote to him, I was very happy when the Corier Mail changed from a bedsheet size to a readable tabloid size. At least now you are able to read it on a plane. The content shouldn't change. I am more concerned with the standard of journalism, which is badly slipping in this country. Sometimes I have to read an article more than once to get the gist of it.

    I should also say that I read both, local Murdoch and Fairfax papers, every day on line, as well at the UK Telegraph and a couple of Swiss newspapers.

    You realise that in ten years you won't be able to buy a printed newspaper. They'll be gone.

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    1. Bill, there is not doubt that standards are slipping. I suppose without all that advertising money, there is just not the money there for high standards. What concerns me more is a lack of investigative journalism where people were given a lot of time to work on big stories, especially those involving corruption.

      I will suggest less than ten years before the paper goes fully electronic.

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  4. I think it's the only way The Age thinks that they'll continue to sell 'hard copy' papers as their sales (during weekdays) have plummeted. I suspect that we'll soon see a 'pay' website too...

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    1. Kath, yes the pay website is coming. I forget now, but I heard how they will do it and I didn't mind the way it would happen. You did not need to add a disclaimer, as a published columnist in The Age?

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  5. Was in The Age building a few months ago. They are definitely downsizing (and not just the size of their papers). The new web layout doesn't really appeal to me but I guess I will become accustomed to it over time.

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    1. Ad Rad, I will give the website some time, or rather me some time to get used to it. I hate it when things like that change, but as you say, you get used to it, although I never got used to the hideous green ABC website, thankfully gone.

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  6. I tried online and found it a tad confusing, but no doubt I'll get used to it over time and forget the old one even existed.

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    1. Aye Fen, much the same for me.

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  7. I've bought The Australian a couple of times to see why so many people buy it every day. I couldn't find anything in it to interest me. Now, I don't even buy our smaller Advertiser everyday. If a front page headline jumps out at me, I might, but more often I just get the Sunday Mail, for the TV guide. And the big crossword.

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    1. Wrong River, not may people buy The Australian. I dislike its general political direction, but the quality of the writing is good. But as Michael said above, dull.

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