Electronic Views of the Daily News; the Future of Newspapers

The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia), September 23, 2008 | Go to article overview

Electronic Views of the Daily News; the Future of Newspapers


Byline: Billie Jeffery and Chloe Mabbott, Year 6

HAVE you ever taken the time to think about the product that you are currently holding? Have you ever thought of the work that has gone into writing, printing and delivering this newspaper? That this reading resource contains stories that appeal to all audiences? That what you are reading is a portable product which does not require batteries or a connection to satellite networks for you to access information?

The first newspaper was created in Rome in 59BC. The first Australian newspaper was called the Sydney Gazette, which was first published by ex-convict George Howe in 1803. Our local newspaper, The Northern Star, started printing in 1876 - it began as a two-page paper - My, how it has grown!

In the old Roman days, a newspaper was handwritten. Since then, the invention of the hand-operated printing press, typewriters and today's computer-operated full-colour printing device has improved the newspaper-making process. We can't help but wonder, with technology improving at a rapid rate, what does the future hold for our daily rag?

With natural resources becoming protected, the likelihood of continuing to print on paper will eventually become impossible, even if the industry continues to use recycled paper, like in today's copy. …

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