Archive for December, 2010

December 13, 2010

Magazines repeating the same trends as newspapers

Goodbye magazines, each year the number of them has been decreasing and decreasing.

I like magazines for one reason. It is like the news consuming world today. It is customized news. People want to read about a specific thing and not have to buy something that has knowledge and articles about something they don’t ven care about and probably not read.

Magazines are designed for your type of personality. You can find dozens or magainzes that fit what you want o read, what you are interested, or at least you used to be able to.

“Launches of new titles dropped to 193 from 324 last year, according to the latest survey from, the online directory of U.S. and Canadian publications.”

I hate to see an idea as good as magainzes falling to the ground, losing its momentum.

How can magazines regain itself?

I think there are many ways that people are not trying to thinking up.

For instance, I read Cosmo magazine….I have an iPad. I probably would purchase an app that gives me a little bit in the magazine in it. If i would do that, probably hundreds of more people would do this too, while continuing to also buy the magazine. This would give the magazine a new outlet to revenue and a new outlet for advertisers.

But no, when I go to look up a Cosmo app what do I get? like 100 different sex position app for 1 dollars. First of all if i am going to have something like that is it going to be a book that I hide somewhere in my house for mine and my boyfriends eyes only…not on my phone or ipad that my niece, mom, dad, brother or any kind of family member could easily see.

I hate to hear news like this because were is the publishing industry, the news industry, the print industry going? Where are the people that can save an aspect of journalism! Even if it is entertainment…

December 13, 2010

Government Power

The question always arises, how much power should the government have. As Americans, we are suspected to live in the land of the free but we lately have been living in the land of the government, lies and secrets.

I know they government says they are just trying to protect us, but keeping us out of important issues, is that protecting us or protecting themselves? Because to them, I do not think they have the right distinct.

A website that is not new is causing all kinds of controversy around the internet and aggrevating the government these past couple or months and weeks. WiKileaks. The websites that you can post anonmyous government documents to restrict them from having too much control and power over us.

One article read, “The impact of WikiLeaks on journalism is more an impact of degree than of kind; what’s happening isn’t entirely new, but it is happening on a greater scale than ever before.”

 Another article read, “WikiLeaks has become more strategic and has been rewarded with deeper, more extensive coverage of its revelations.”

And then people disagreed with the concept. “WikiLeaks is not a news organization, it is a cell of activists that is releasing information designed to embarrass people in power,” said George Packer, a writer on international affairs at The New Yorker. “They simply believe that the State Department is an illegitimate organization that needs to be exposed, which is not really journalism.” 

No, WikiLeaks is not a news organziation. No, it is not journalism. But, it is the truth and I thnk that is what scares the government. Because they can no longer stand behind their statement that they are trying to protect us because it is obvious and clear thery are just trying to protect themselves!

WikiLeak as changed journalism and I think the stuff is publishes, the stuff that the journalist failed to report or failed to uncover should be a lesson to them. To work harder and remember, they are the watch dog!

December 12, 2010

Is the iPad the newspapers grim reaper?

I have an iPad, which I absouletly love. I have heard good things about them and bad things about them in articles. Are these people who are writing about the iPad actually have an iPad? because if not, I think their opinions would be different.

This article I read recently is different though… At least there is actual evidence this time to critcize. But are the opinions pointed in the wrong way this time?

“Are iPad apps the new newspaper killer? A new survey out today showed that print newspaper subscribers who are heavy iPad users are “very likely” to cancel their print subscriptions,” the article read.

Okay, so that may be a true statement but it is 2010 the only print I really read is the text on my laptop or my iPAD!

Who says that this can not be a good thing? Where are the studies saying that this may be able to bring new opportunites to maybe the New York Time websites and such.

Print is last season and that is what the newspapers need to realize, that is what I realize. Anyway, do we or do we not kill millions of trees just for paper? Maybe these iPads may be ruining these paper companies but there will always be news and the world needs to realize that the news is now because customized thanks to th internet.

Lets save the world, not the paper companies. Stony Brook is becoming green, how about the the paper companies.

December 9, 2010

Paid to Free and Paid?

I used to subscribe to the New York Times but it became just a waste of money to me. I would never read it.

I love the idea of print and I would love to write in print but the news paper is too big and complicated to read that I always just switch to the online verison.

For the past couple of years I have had the luxury or not subscribing to the NYT but still getting it online the full and free verison. Now I can not imagine how that must effect the Times revenue that people like me are just sitting getting all the news they want for free.

Friday, the 3rd my worst night mare was annouced. the NYT is planning to go behind a pay wall starting in January.

Now, if you read the Times London recently went behind a pay wall and its readership went down about 90 percent. The NYT is coming up with a different stradegy in hopes they will not mirror the Times London mistake.

It will allow access to a certain number of free articles and once you reach the limit you will be put in the position to have to subscribe in order to receive anymore articles.

I only go to the NYT for my news. It is really my only outlet I like to read. I feel like Newsday and other papers just focus on entertainment but the Times is concerned with real issues at stake and it gives a clear and sophisticated way of explaining what an article is about.

“We’re going to test it. We’re going to learn. We are going to adapt,” Sulzberger said in the article.

I’m nervous and dreading the day this comes. Stay tuned to how it all pans out.