Archive for March 16th, 2007

V.S. NAIPAUL on newspapers

16 March 2007

“To read a newspaper for the first time is like coming into a film that has been on for an hour. Newspapers are like serials. To understand them you have to take knowledge to them; the knowledge that serves best is the knowledge provided by the newspaper itself”

Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul 

What are newspapers for: the definitive view

16 March 2007

The real purpose of newspapers is increasingly getting clouded. Journalists think that for managements, it is all about piling on more profits. Managements think that for journalists, it is (or was) all about something higher, nobler. What does the reader think? The Seattle Times invited readers to share with it their views on how the paper should change and the results were quite illuminating.

One woman wrote:

“The purpose of the newspaper has always been to keep people informed of events around the world as well as those in our backyard. Events that directly and indirectly affect us and the rest of humanity and our planet… The best newspapers are diligent, unbiased, and serve no one but their readers, the general public—not always by telling them what they want to know, but what they NEED to know. If you do these things wholeheartedly you will offer the reader something the Internet cannot: substance… Do not underestimate the public.”

Read the full story here: Readers tell us what to keep, what to change

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