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In-class Notes: On Newspapers

 What do newspapers do well?

Newspapers prioritize and organize stories well.
Newspapers are linear, logical, and have a familiar structure.
Newspapers are successful at capturing attention visually, through graphics and photographs/have the luxury to run photographs very large.
Newspapers break down sense of time in which things occur; locate events to a single day.

What doesn’t work?

Newspapers provide information you already know.
Physical form isn’t always conducive to comfortable reading (size, ink, etc).
Jumps make reading difficult.
Text is often crowded.

Brainstorming solutions to some issues:

Localize big stories. Locate national stories within smaller communities.
Make news helpful and interesting to readers.

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