Monday, June 23, 2008

A Radical Redesign for Newspapers?

On Sunday, the Orlando Sentinel launched a new redesign of its printed newspaper. (Check out Monday's edition, seen on the left, or view the newspaper's preview of redesigned pages.) The Wall Street Journal says the redesign "is a proving ground for Sam Zell's effort to reinvent floundering Tribune Co., owner of a string of television stations and newspapers, including the Sentinel, the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times."

Readers of Romenesko know that media owners, shareholders, journalists and readers have been ringing their hands the last few years, wondering where print news is headed. Others say print is dead and that all newspapers will be read online in the not-so-distance future.

The move will work, according to the Tribune's Lee Abrams.

As TV journalists like to say, time will tell if this bold experiment works. What do you think of the design and of newspaper's future in general?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I like the redesign. It is colorful, bold, attention-getting, and presents news in "compartmentalized form." All this is in keeping with Americans' short attention spans (or so the experts tell us)and delivered in easily digested bits and bites. Whether this is enough to revitalize the newspaper industry or just this one paper itself, only time will tell. Me -- I would rather read my morning paper over coffee.