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  • I've spent more than 25 years at the intersection of traditional and digital journalism. I've helped to invent ways to read and interact with the news and advertising on computer screens and iPads, and before that, I wrote news stories on typewriters and six-ply paper. I co-founded WashingtonPost.com and hyperlocal pioneers Backfence.com and GrowthSpur; served as editor of Philly.com; taught media entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland; and have done product-development and strategy consulting for all sorts of media and Internet companies and startups. You can read more about me here.

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February 02, 2011



Very helpful post, Mark. Of course, I wouldn't be able to opine on the new service myself as I don't own an iPad or iPhone.

That said, I'm encouraged by the fact that it's only published once each day, as I'll be able to have you send me the screen scrape of the key stories at the end of the day without having to worry that I've missed much. ;-)

I'm really torn on this one...on the one hand, I'd like this sort of thing (i.e., BIG MEDIA trying to harness new technological modalities organically) to succeed, in part to show that there are other ways to skin the new journalism cat...on the other, the schadenfreude part of me wonders whether this might not be THE lesson that teaches BIG MEDIA that they're really going at this the wrong way.

Mark Potts

Thanks, Josh. Agreed--I really wanted to like The Daily. But it's yet another disappointment from Big Media. It can't be this hard to understand how the digital world works and how to take advantage of it—Pulse and Flipboard amply prove that. But the big media companies just can't seem to break from their past bad habits. It's very frustrating to watch.


I suspect that the problem is less habits and more "mindsets and business models".

All traditional business models have their root in some form of package of content, and this is just another attempt to resurrect that way of publishing.

Beware zombie business models...


After 2 editions, Mark, here's what I say.
Is this a newspaper or a magazine? If it's a mag, I'm not interested.
If it's a newspaper, I need more. I know the techies are mad that the "thing' is not updated constantly thru the day. As a news maven, I need more. If this is supposed to be the only thing I read each day, I feel as though i have no idea what happened yesterday-- in Washington, and virtually anyplace else. In sports, I want ALL the results from last night---all sports.
The graphics are great, but the stories are more feature oriented. That's why I don't read Time and Newsweek.
If you have checked out The Times (London) and The Sunday Times, with those editions when you finish, you have been greatly informed and get more than your daily requirement of news, info and features.
I was hoping The Daily model would steal a bit more from those two other paid Murdoch sites.
I hope some changes are made, The Daily has potential......but it must ask itself if it can do more. Otherwise, it's not a "must-read."

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