The front page isn’t what it used to be

There was a time when reporters worked hard to write stories that editors chose to appear on the  front page of a newspaper. But the front page isn’t what it once was.

  1. For microbloggers getting most of their news from Twitter, the front page is wrapped in 140 characters (with links bringing them to the full story).
  2. For old friends who count on former classmates and colleagues for newsworthy links, the front page is a Facebook stream (with links bringing them to the full story).
  3. For the student using search engines to find information, the front page is the first page of search results is the front page (with links bringing them to the full story).
  4. For digital nomads who rely on alerts to deliver timely news, the front page is a short text message on a phone (with links bringing them to the full story).
  5. For people relaxing with their new tablet, the front page might be an app like Flipboard (with links bringing them to the full story).
  6. For news junkies living on the cloud, the front page might be a group of RSS feeds displayed by Google Reader (with links bringing them to the full story).
  7. For time shifters like me, the front page might be a list of headlines gathered througout the day and saved on Instapaper (with links bringing them to the full story).

With all of these ways that people get their news and information – not to mention my6sense, paper.li and umpteen other services – journalists have more opportunity than ever to appear on front pages. The best part is that these are front pages for very customized publications where people get only the news that they’ve either chosen to follow or actively sought.

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3 thoughts on “The front page isn’t what it used to be

  1. I think the important message here is that the front page is ever-changing. Each time a new story pops up, that page shifts to the most recent news. People will have to constantly check their 'front pages' to keep up on the latest news.

    • Right, Elysse. Another interesting thing here is that people are already checking some of these front pages multiple times each day, because they are helpful services, not just sites.

  2. Thanks, Gina. What are your favorite front page? I've really been using the my6sense Android app as my starting point, saving items into my instapaper to read in full from my laptop.

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