This week, Zapaday was a guest at the famous Amsterdam debating centre De Balie. Top professionals from the main newspapers and media outlets in The Netherlands gathered to discuss the future of news(papers), the onset of digital media and its effects on news consumption. Representing the future as a panel member was Zapaday founder and CEO Stefan Hoevenaar (second from the left). He says;
” The internet makes traditional news old news almost instantly. Most printed dailies already focus on background, interpretation and opinion. But do these necessarily need a printed daily? No! They can also thrive online, with live comments and dialogues or, at a slower pace, in a weekly paper. Online news media, meanwhile, feed their hungry readers – suffering from update sickness – with live coverage, micro-scoops and rush transcripts. Live coverage and micro-scoops do not blend well with paper.
Many, if not most, daily print editions lack relevance for their readers and will lack the ad dollars to pay for them. So we’ll see more dailies cutting back to one or three editions per week and we’ll see The Rise of the Weeklies. Weeklies, with an online presence, will become the cornerstone of journalism. We’ll also see major online news organizations launching printed weeklies and monthly’s.
News media will become more specialized and technology will perfect the practice of serving readers content that matches their personal interests. Specialized online news media, like Politico, Mashable, The Verge and Mediaite, have flourished and personalized news readers, like Google News, Pulse, Flipboard, News.me, Zite are starting a battle to offer the best user experience and the best ‘discovery engine’. “
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