Can a little of that Apple mojo please rub off on newspapers?

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The buzz just keeps on coming about the rumored tablet device from Apple. Today, Gizmodo is reporting that the NYTimes was approached by Apple. Wouldn’t that be great!

Would the new hardware drive readers back to newspapers? I’m thinking that something slim, sexy, easy to use with fantastic capabilities would be great for the newspaper industry as a whole.

Except.

Except newspapers can not see tablets as “just another platform.” Newspapers on a tablet (Apple or not) will need to be a cross between old-school print design and and a web page.

And by a “web page,” I really mean, not a web page thats a). designed more with the advertiser in mind than the reader, and b). lots of text shoveled in from the print edition.

Please, please please let’s not miss the boat on this one. We do not want to be another music industry — where the medium has surpassed the message.

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AP Stylebook now in the App Store

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The Associate Press Stylebook is now in the App Store ($28.99) for your iPhone or iPod touch.

Take the AP Stylebook with you anywhere with this new easy-to-use application. This handy new app features searchable listings for the main, sports, business and punctuation sections, along with the ability to add your own custom entries as well as notes on AP listings.

No flashy graphics, cool animations or cool sounds, but it’s a long-time indispensable tool for most Journalists.

Buy the 2009 version and get the 2010 version for FREE!

Can’t afford the steep price? The AP Stylebook is already available in cheaper dead-tree versions and as a web-based (annual subscription) version.

Remembering a newspaperman: W. Horace Carter

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Editor of the Tabor City Tribune, a weekly newspaper in North Carolina died this month. The newspaper man took a stand against the Ku Klux Klan in the 1950s and his efforts earned him a Pulitzer prize.

Filmmaker Walt Campbell is working on a documentary about Carter. I can hardly wait for it. Sounds like it will eventually land in Hollywood for a big-screen treatment.

Who do you think should play Carter?

POTUS peruses paper

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President Obama reads a newspaper in this uncredited photo at the Huffington Post.

I’m hoping that this is a file photo from waaaay back in the campaign because it’s obvious that he’s sitting in coach (note the three across configuration in front of him). I’m thinking that POTUS does not have to plant his kiester in a narrow seat on any configuration of Air Force One.

I suspect that the Internet access on Air Force One is plenty fast enough, but I wonder if Obama prefers to catch up with the dead-tree or the webbified version or the news. A possible hint; the photo accompanies a story from The Hill wherein POTUS says that he may be open to a newspaper bailout and:

“I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, that what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding,” he said.

Vienna has very cool coffee shops

Guy Kawasaki stands next to a table of newspapers in a Vienna coffee shop. I’m not a coffee drinker, but the one java joint near my house — the Library Coffee Company — does not have any reading material out for their customers. Ironic.

Have you seen local non-Starbucks coffee shops/cafes that supply newspapers for their customer’s reading pleasure? Let me know. Better yet. Send a photo.

Sometimes the headlines write themselves

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Kudos to the headline writer. I can’t believe that there were any other serious contenders. It helps if you know a little bit about baseball history mythology — in this case the reference is to “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, who was involved with the 1919 White Sox scandal.

 

Also notice “re-meet” the Beatles in the top right skybox. A riff on the Fab Four’s Second album “Meet The Beatles,” released in 1964 for all of the non-Boomers out there.