Journalism in this country

Check out the trailer:

Newspaper Pioneers: The History of the North Dakota Press


Too bad the folks in the trailer are not identified, but the gent who says that the media in this country isn’t the Washington Post or the New York times, it’s the small papers in North Dakota is 100 percent correct. Small newspapers make up the bulk of newspapers in the US; from mom and pop operations to mid-sized newspaper groups, all are community minded.

I suspect that a film like this could bee made in any of the states.

I hope that the entire film will be online one of these days.


Historic D-Day Front Pages


My good friends over at ClickAmericana have posted some front pages from June 6, 1944.

Considering the security surrounding the invasion and the limitations of gathering, reporting and producing the news in this era, I’m surprised that many of these papers were able to supply their readers with detailed reporting including the graphics.

It would have been an amazing night in the newsroom to get these out.

Head on over to ClickAmericana for more of them


100 years into the future, where will history be?


Sunday, for those few who avoided all of the media bombardment, marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

Local papers, of course, dug through their morgues to find the actual front page reporting the disaster, or found local readers who had a frail copy and ran with that story.

I think holding a front page of a newspaper that’s 100 years old makes the history come alive. It puts me right back there when the event happened and I can imagine how a person of that era felt or reacted on reading the news the first time.

One hundred years from now, how will those citizens of 2112 react when the local (or national) media outlet plays up the 100-anniversary (of whatever earth-shattering importance is to come) story feel when the website (if they still call it that) offers up the page that reported the event.

It won’t be yellowed with time. There won’t be any creases where various owners had folder it into scrapbooks or family albums and Bibles. Assuming the electronic page has been preserved (most likely as a PDF), it will as fresh as the day it hit the Interwebs. There’s no hint of dust or must or being hidden away for the ages. No hint of age. No hint of the passing of generations.

Where’s the history in that? Where’s the mystery?

Best-selling issue in The Times-Picayune’s 173-year history


Following up my observation yesterday about the phones ringing off the hooks at The Times-Picayune (thanks to their SuperBowl coverage), they report that the press has been running throughout the night in order to meet the demand for reprints.

They expect it to be the best-selling paper in the 173 years that the newspaper has been around.

Good for them! I hope that they sell tons.

Meanwhile, no news on reprints of the web page. I wonder what the page views will tell us.