The death of daily

First, newspapers started dropping days of the week. Now a network is.

Guaranteeing dailiness is expensive and inefficient for the producer. And the idea that we out here need to keep to anyone else’s schedule has been outmoded since the invention of the VCR and the internet. So dailiness looks outmoded.

But keep in mind, if you’re going to produce a newspaper, publishing only some days of the week makes no sense. It makes a lie of the necessity of getting the paper every day. It reveals that publishing a daily paper was only a matter of commercial convenience, as newspapers are trying to publish only on the days when they have the most ads: Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. When the other days were profitable – not newsy – they brought papers. When they’re not profitable, to hell with Mondays.

Dailiness – like newspapers and networks – also implies staleness: Once it’s out, it’s over. But thinking of media as a process instead of a product makes constancy a value over punctuality.

  • Ed

    From what I see in a small market like Australia is that newspapers sometimes stretch themselves to fill themselves with interesting content. Often on a Saturday I pick up a paper and think “well, nothing much happened in Australia this week”. They are filling news space, and especially features space for the sake of it. And now with the GFC it is often cheaper to buy in a story than have one written locally so they do – when savvy readers have read it already on,for instance, the Guardian’s website 3 weeks earlier. The web has no fixed space and you can report news or write features when it happens with no boring filling. And I’m a journalist and should be interested.

  • Maybe this is the CW’s version of doing what they do best and linking to the rest. (Linking, in this case meaning defaulting programming to other networks.) :)

  • Wurmanizer

    Newspapers and Online both use 26 characters. What I can see here in Germany ist that from the beginning on they fight for readers, because of the same target group.

    Newspapers seem to lose this fight, because they never made it to the point, where they would be able to seperate from online.

    Why do I have to read online messages from yesterday in my newspaper of today? Why don’t the newspapers print some background storys to the subject of an online news, just to fill the gap of our knowledge?

    Regards from a journalist

  • maury

    “Dailiness – like newspapers and networks – also implies staleness…”


    …that’s exactly the fundamental problem with paper newspapers —
    they give readers ” yesterday’s ” news.

    Why buy & consume “stale-bread” … when fresh bread is readily available ??

  • I find that an executive summary of the day’s events (an old term for what newspapers do, or used to do) is still invaluable. I don’t have time for a truffle hunt across the internet for everything that might interest me (only for the handful of subjects I’m acutely interested in to the point of being willing to become somewhat expert in them).

    Rather, what I want is a branded, trusted source for that invaluable daily executive summary so I can keep at least nominally abreast of developments that are important, but not of primary interest to me.

    That’s one reason I so like a relatively new magazine called “The Week.” (It’s weekly executive summary, of course.)

    Any source that can provide that daily executive summary is a friend of mine, whether it’s online or on paper.

    Stan Jones
    Anchorage, Alaska