When The Paper Matters

Print is dead:

It was hard to turn on the television on Wednesday morning without seeingimages of how newspapers from across the world had documented the results of Tuesday’s midterm elections in the United States.

Despite all the knocks newspapers take these days — they’re full of old news; no one reads them anymore; print is dead — Americans apparently still have a nostalgia for thestatic, unrefreshablefront page.

“There is an enormous public interest in front pages,” said Paul Sparrow, senior vice president for broadcasting at the Newseum in Washington, which publishes on its Web site every day close to 1,000 front-page images from all over the world. On a day like the Wednesday after Election Day, or when another news event of intense popular interest occurs, Mr. Sparrow said traffic to Newseum.org typically multiplies by five times to about a half a million page views.


4 thoughts on “When The Paper Matters

  1. Jesse says:

    People turn on the television to get their news? Isn’t that why we invented the Internet?

  2. Adrastos says:

    I remember the run on papers when Obama won and here when the Saints won both the NFC title and Super Bowl.

  3. whet moser says:

    One thing I think is interesting about the death of print: if you go to Google and type in “[city],” one of the top few auto-fill entries you’re presented with is “[city] [newspaper name].”

  4. pansypoo says:

    i used to think the USA today was crap in HS. now papers are turning into USA today.

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