Wither the Newspaper, Part 62

The Columbia Journalism Review’s latest editorial has some probing questions for newspapers: “Take a look at the front page of your newspaper today. How many stories are on events that the average reader has already heard something about? The Metro section, is it riveting and creative? Or incremental and cramped? Does the paper have strong voices? Does it provide the kind of context that cuts through the fog of information? Does it have any fun? Does the photography speak volumes? Does the Web site offer more than digital newsprint? Can a reader get into the conversation? Do you want to read this newspaper?”

One of the biggest problems with newspaper–their timeliness–has been illustrated twice in the last week in the Washington Post. Last Thursday and yesterday, the biggest news of the day (Harriet Miers‘ withdrawal and Samuel Alito‘s nomination) had already made the paper obsolete by the time those die-hard hard-copy subscribers picked it up off their doorsteps.