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  • Apple Working with News Corp. on "First Newspaper" for the iPad


    According to a report in the Guardian, Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation and Apple have been collaborating on a newspaper for the iPad. Called The Daily, the publication will be available to subscribers for less than a dollar a week when it launches at the end of this month. The Guardian's Edward Helmore describes it as "the world's first 'newspaper' designed exclusively for new tablet-style computers such as Apple's iPad."

    Apple engineers have been working in secret with News Corp. to develop the Daily app, which will sync content automatically to iPads: according to the Guardian story, there will be no "print edition" or "web edition." News Corp has hired about a hundred journalists to write for the publication, which will be based on the 26th floor of the News Corporation building at 1211 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. Jesse Angelo, a schoolmate of Rupert Murdoch's son Lachlan and the managing editor of the New York Post, is expected to run the publication. He has brought in the Post's gossip columnist Richard Johnson to head the Daily's Los Angeles bureau, and Sasha Frere-Jones, a music critic at The New Yorker, will become the culture editor.

    The content on the Daily will be focused on the US, and according to Helmore's sources will combine "a tabloid sensibility with a broadsheet intelligence." This means, essentially, that it'll be a mash-up of the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal, two flagship News Corp. publications. The Guardian looked at the types of hiring notices for the project and deduced that video will be a significant element of the new publication.

    The effort put into the Daily reflects Rupert Murdoch's confidence in the iPad as a "game-changer" for the newspaper industry. Speaking in April at George Washington University's Kalb Report forum, Murdoch called the iPad a "glimpse of the future. "There's going to be tens of millions of these things sold all over the world," he said. "It may be the saving of newspapers," he added, "because you don't have the costs of paper, ink, printing, trucks." Subscriptions to the Daily will be only 99 cents per week.

    "It doesn't destroy the traditional newspaper," Murdoch asserted, "it just comes in a different form," he said.

    Source: Erictric
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Working with News Corp. on "First Newspaper" for the iPad started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Pretty cool. I would give it a shot
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Why is the newspaper in the picture from '87?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quick PS job?
    1. Newgy's Avatar
      Newgy -
      And people say that the world won't end in 2012...
    1. TheBigKing's Avatar
      TheBigKing -
      thats good to hear
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      The Daily? creative name
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      I'll give it a read


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    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      Why would you want to read anything Murdoch was involved in? Why not just sit back and watch a nice documentary by Leni Reifenstahl?

      Seriously, why would a class act like Apple want to get in bed with the bane of serious journalism? Makes me want to sell my iPad and take a shower.
    1. \m/ibnziceman\m/'s Avatar
      \m/ibnziceman\m/ -
      as the ipad continues to receive all these cool little things my interest goes up. i could actually justify using an ipad now
    1. Just'N's Avatar
      Just'N -
      Interesting but I've yet to experience a good "news/newspaper" experience on the iphone/ipad. This is truly one of the things that people just can't seem to capitalize on.

      I'm not sure if this will be successful, since many of the "news sources" publish the headlines/stories in some type of rss feed... which as most people know can be subscribed to and viewed on the iphone/ipod app for free. I'm sure I'll check it out, but this is still a market that needs help IMO. I feel in order for this type of thing to be successful all the companies will need to be in cahoots and stop publishing things online for free, which I find unlikely. Perhaps I need to educate myself further on these types of apps, but as of I just don't see this being successful.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by m/ibnzicemanm/ View Post
      as the ipad continues to receive all these cool little things my interest goes up. i could actually justify using an ipad now
      good to hear, i could justify getting one when it was announced, so much more than a giant ipod touch
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      A local news paper on my iPad would be great.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Quote Originally Posted by mr117 View Post
      Why would you want to read anything Murdoch was involved in? Why not just sit back and watch a nice documentary by Leni Reifenstahl?

      Seriously, why would a class act like Apple want to get in bed with the bane of serious journalism? Makes me want to sell my iPad and take a shower.
      I knew someone was going to be juvenile and smear their childish angst all over the comment section.

      As much as you probably hate the news and information, this iPad initiative is actually a very good idea. If they turn out to be like the Wall Street Journal, $1 a week is a very small price to pay.

      And these are exclusive articles. They've made it clear that they will fight for their copyright protections concerning their articles, so it will be hard for others to steal their work. As it should be. There should always be a clear line back to the source material.

      If there's one thing that's degrading journalism it's the internet -- not just because it's mostly free and killing newspapers, but because anyone can be a journalist online, and i don't have to tell you that nearly all of them are not qualified to know the difference between truth and fiction, nor do they have the proper resources and training to hunt down the truth even if they wanted to.
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      I knew someone was going to be juvenile and smear their childish angst all over the comment section.

      As much as you probably hate the news and information, this iPad initiative is actually a very good idea. If they turn out to be like the Wall Street Journal, $1 a week is a very small price to pay.

      And these are exclusive articles. They've made it clear that they will fight for their copyright protections concerning their articles, so it will be hard for others to steal their work. As it should be. There should always be a clear line back to the source material.

      If there's one thing that's degrading journalism it's the internet -- not just because it's mostly free and killing newspapers, but because anyone can be a journalist online, and i don't have to tell you that nearly all of them are not qualified to know the difference between truth and fiction, nor do they have the proper resources and training to hunt down the truth even if they wanted to.
      My wife and I get access to 17,000 newspapers a day for less than $30/month from PressDisplay.com on 2 iPads, 2 iPhones and any computer I use (web interface) -- not $30 each, but for all. So, $4/month for 1 paper is about $0.13/day/paper. We read a variety of papers -- about 7-10 different ones a month (so let's just call it 8, on the low side.) So at $30/month for 8 papers is about $0.12.

      I suppose it's a bargain if you like what they have and want to read the same thing all the time, providing we can read that paper on all our iDevices and any computer for that price. We like getting both of our local papers, the paper of the city I travel to, and some international papers.


      Oh, the internet didn't degrade journalism, it unleashed it. It was CNN and then the other 24 hour 'news' outlets that started to kill journalism. How are ABC, NBC & CBS going to compete with a few hours of news a day? So, they close a foreign bureau here or a local bureau there and there go their resources. It's so much easier to watch TV and have salacious tidbits spoonfed to you, so why bother reading? And there starts the decline of print journalism. Admittedly, trying the 'pay-via-ads' gimmick hasn't worked out well enough so many of print's online ventures haven't been as profitable as they'd like, and that helps the decline as well. But to say that every 'mom & pop' web-news outlet is what has killed journalism is a bit off target if they aren't actually being read.

      WARNING: Political retort
      Murdoch has helped to dumb down the news, and has set up a nice little circular sourcing empire where one of his papers prints something as 'fact', which gets picked up by another of his papers, which then gets reported on by his cable media and re-reported on by his papers and the circle keeps going (and if no one else gets in on the fun, they ask why the 'mainstream media' is 'trying to bury this story'). So much for 'reliable sources.'

      Add in the fact that he directly and through his media empire contribute millions to conservatives, has those same conservatives on his media outlets as 'consultants' and 'experts', which then in turn run for elected office (often while still employed by him), which then can be used to further his conservative causes, all the while he can flat-out lie about any bias in his coverage and content. Interestingly enough, he can be somewhat brazenly honest about how he tries to manipulate public opinion when given the proper venue

      So, I would have to agree with Mr117: 'why consume Murdoch media when Leni Reifenstahl will do?'
      End of political retort

      Besides, I can already get the New York Post on pressdisplay.com/PressReader and that's about all the Murdoch content I need.
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      "I knew someone was going to be juvenile and smear their childish angst all over the comment section."?????

      "As much as you probably hate the news and information"????????

      I love "news," I hate propaganda. Murdoch does not do "news." He does "niche" and calls it news. He's been doing it for years, in Australia, in England, and now here. Biased "reporting" is not reporting, it is propaganda.

      As for childish, I grew up with post-war (WWll) news, when it was presented in an un-biased manner. What I see now is not un-biased (I include many media purveyors, though Murdoch is the worst of the bunch) and it is not news. Let's call it what it is.

      As for the internet, it is open source, yes. You have to be careful when you read things there to check the source, and maybe check several sites to be sure of the veracity of what news you are getting. Wikipedia is a good case in point. But just because "anyone can be a journalist online, and i don't have to tell you that nearly all of them are not qualified to know the difference between truth and fiction, nor do they have the proper resources and training to hunt down the truth even if they wanted to," that doesn't mean that that there are not serious journalists online, doing serious, factual work. And I've seen lots of unqualified "journalists"in print who couldn't run down the truth of a story if their life depended on it.

      I'm all for news coming to the iPad. I welcomed The New Yorker when it arrived (although their marketing plan is worthless, as they expect subscribers to subscribe to both the magazine and the iPad app version), but seeing Murdoch come to the iPod is like seeing The National Enquirer come to the iPod: SPACE ALIENS GOT LINDSEY LOHAN PREGNANT AND SHE NOW HAS A GREEN TWO-HEADED LOVE CHILD. Ugh. Time for a shower.