Add another item to the list of things newspapers are willing to try in order to keep themselves afloat. A story in the Times this weekend reports that the LA Daily News is going to try an experiment this summer wherein readers get to choose their own news.
The plan is to let readers customize their own papers with news stories they like and then print them in their own homes (so sort of like a dead tree RSS feed?). One of the catches is that the new service would also require a new, specially designed printer, which may or may not be included in the subscription fee.
Ridiculous? Probably. Isn’t one of the reasons people read newspapers (online or in print) is because they want someone who knows more than them to tell them what’s important (even if they don’t like it) and why? One wonders how many more of these little experiments the industry has left in them before a seven dollar monthly subscription fee begins to looks like the practical solution.