All the news that's fit to........

@p1kef1sh (45640)
September 28, 2009 12:40pm CST
I recently posted a discussion about whether newspapers are commonly read these days. The majority of people read the occasional newspaper, but virtually everyone updates themselves with the news online. I was reading today (online) about a new newspaper that is being produced in Bangalore, India. India is rapidly becoming one of the most "wired" countries in the World. Now if a place where you are nobody without a cell phone and the latest PC can manage a new newspaper can other places? If you were to launch a newspaper, what would it be centered on - local or national news; sports; Men/Women or something entirely different?
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 Sep 09
I have no idea but it would have a very large humor section!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
28 Sep 09
I'll subscribe to that Dawn. You're first!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 Sep 09
Hooray, I'm first!
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@vandana7 (69050)
• India
29 Sep 09
Hi dawnald, I'd love to subscribe to that one myself. Do let me know when u start one. :)
• United States
28 Sep 09
If I were to launch a newspaper I would make sure that it DID NOT have a celebrity/gossip section --ugh!!! like the rag mags arent enough in the world!!! I would have a small section for national but mostly local news...a section for budgeting money and living frugal, oh and I would make sure the front page would be good news no matter what!!!!!!! News is so freakin depressing I would start it out with the best nice story that I could find every day!!!! I dont mind the sports section, and I would definitely like a section in the paper for something along the lines of a craigslist.... classifieds/free stuff/etc... hmmm, I am not that exciting huh....guess thats why I am NOT in the newspaper bizz!!!! happy mylotting!!!!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
28 Sep 09
Sounds good enough to me. The Craigslist aspect is interesting. Why not a listing paper with a little news etc?
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
28 Sep 09
i don't read the paper or go on line for the news. the news is just a way of keeping you in fear of what maybe. they never ever talk about anything good. about how some kid goes and read to the elderly. or how the elderly teach children manners. or how a community comes together to take care of each other. i mean if i can't read that kind of stuf that will uplift me and start my day off right, then i rather not know
@p1kef1sh (45640)
28 Sep 09
Maybe that's exactly the kind of paper that should exist. One that tells heart warming stories instead of misery misery and more misery Momma.
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@34momma (13895)
• United States
28 Sep 09
it's the only one i will ever pay for or bother reading.
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@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
28 Sep 09
If I could publish a newspaper, I would focus on local, national and world news. I would make the sports section very skimpy. I would devote at least one whole page to good news around the world, like a stranger returning money they found or someone seeing a house on fire and bravely rescuing the people inside as they called the emergency in on their cell phone. I would also have a section on money saving tips and local bargains. I would offer local stores a feature writeup if they extended a 20% discount on a certain day that week to their customers, which of course I would publicize! I'd also offer column space to children and teens.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
28 Sep 09
That sounds so well balanced that I wonder that nobody has produced such a newspaper already.
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@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
28 Sep 09
hi pikey if I were to launch a newspaper it would have a large health section with good news and recipes and ways to lose weight without killing oneself, also some national news,no politics but lots of local news,and a section for guys,and one for women, and a section of humor and silly stuff.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
28 Sep 09
That sounds like a good balance to me Hatley. I like silly stuff! LOL.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
28 Sep 09
If I were to start a newspaper, I'd start with a central 'brain' that contained news from all sources, worldwide. From the central repository (so to speak), subscribers could customize the news and areas of interest that they'd like to receive from. It wouldn't be a lot different than customizing your home page. Much of the news we see is available worldwide through UPI, AP and other centeralized sources, I'm surprized this hasn't been done already.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
28 Sep 09
That's an interesting idea. I have sort of seen it done online, but customising a newspaper is an interesting challenge!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
29 Sep 09
It wouldn't take long to read though. P1ke gets up. Discovers that there's muck running off his property. Calls water company, panics whilst they arrive. A couple of on line friends hold his hand and tell him all will be well - they are right. P1ke doesn't eat lunch for nerves. After water guy has left p1ke suddenly gets appetite back. Eats sandwich (smoked salmon - nothing but the best for this boy). P1ke writes about it and friends comment. Boss comes home. P1ke eats supper. P1ke goes to bed. Very dull really. LOL.
@vandana7 (69050)
• India
29 Sep 09
Hi p1kef1sh, I read ur reply under littleowl's post. I doubt whether India will be able to overtake the world! V've plenty of internal squabbles, like in historic times, and external as well. The relationship that the US enjoys with both Mexico and Canada is not what India enjoys with Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, Ceylon, or even Nepal! So that will be a big hurdle! Earn money, may be we will, to a lesser extent before the world catches up, of course. Thereafter what! U r projecting a scenario after 10 to 15 years, but a person lasts almost 75 years! If after 15 years, we do catch up with u all, why would u all turn to us? And then, from where can we get enough for the balance number of years? I believe - India is, of course, better than it was before. But this is a temporary phase. About 15 years from now, we again face high rate of unemployment, higher level of poverty, and such things, as the jobs being outsourced by ur nations would no longer be coming here. :( And I am an Indian. I believe all the newspapers, whether they be of ur country, or mine, will start online news service, collecting a nominal charge which will definitely be less than what the newspaper costs. Journalists will join the list of profession that sees higher unemployment as more and more websites offer rewriting tasks. New methods to lure people to the news websites will have to be discovered. Cant really imagine how it will be. Definitely not worth taking risks as of now:(
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
29 Sep 09
I understand your comments about India. My point is that your economy is booming whilst the traditional strong western economies are faltering. What makes you strong are two things. A preparedness to take investment risk and a cheap labour force - at the moment. Inevitably that labour force will become more militant as time goes by and demand higher wages. That may break you, it has us. I think that you are also correct in saying that the newspapers will increasingly move online. In some ways that would be a great shame. For many of us, reading off the screen is never as attractive as from paper.
@vandana7 (69050)
• India
29 Sep 09
Point taken p1kf1sh.:) But it is cyclic. :) 15 years later, the trend will start reversing. :(
@jakill (835)
29 Sep 09
My paper would be mainly about my locality. I'd have pages of things to do for different age groups as well as one for whole families. I'd make it ineractive too. It's be great to see how many kids like to dress up in white and go bowling, and how many old fogeys want to take up skate boarding, etc. And I'd have a section on new businesses starting up with new ideas. And of course, there'd be lots of space for writers and writers' groups.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
29 Sep 09
I am now having the image of superannuated adults skateboarding down to the bowling green to watch their grandchildren bowling! LOL.
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@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
29 Sep 09
if i will ever launch my own newspaper, it will be centered on local news. that's all i can think of so far. but when it will hit good in the future, i will go national too.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
29 Sep 09
If it's "punchy" enough then I am sure that it will be a success Neil.
@littleowl (7157)
29 Sep 09
Hi p1ke, Being honest I don't think I would start a newspaper or magazine..india is so poor there wouldn't be enough for the resources anyway to do the researcxh etc if you haven't go a computer or are able to travel...LoLo
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
29 Sep 09
India isn't like it was LoLo. They are a boom economy and much more effective than us. They are playing catch up and will overtake us in the next 10 - 15 years I have no doubt. Prepare to be where India has been. We are yesterday's people I am afraid. XXX
28 Sep 09
Hi p1key, Yeah, I do read the online news mostly, when I log in the first thing I do is read the news but if I was launching a news paper, I would make a local news, a good meaty news what is going on around ther are where we live, we do have a local papers but for some reason we haven't had one delivered for a long time, its a free papers. My news papers would not have wags or celebrities and no fashion, just plain old fashion that you can have a good read of. Hugs. Tamara xxxx
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
29 Sep 09
Like the papers used to be Tamara. No photographs. Just page after page of prose? XXXX