News: in print, on the Web, on a mobile device

12 Mar 2014

I’ve been thinking about how we read the news, and how the “device” we use affects how much we read. And that affects how much we learn about the world.

Here are some examples from a recent day’s news. Click an image to blow it up, but look from this bird’s-eye view first and get an idea of how much information each medium initially provides. I think that’s important.

This is not meant to be exhaustive, nor scientific. But you have to start somewhere. What  do you think about reading online vs reading print, especially for news?

The New York Times. Available in these formats: A new Web app. The Web site offers two versions: one is current news, I believe, while the other is the day’s print paper online. The Times Reader app may no longer be supported, but it was when I captured these images.

New York Times Web app

New York Times Web app

New York Times.com Web site- iPhone

New York Times.com Web site- iPhone

New York Times.com - Today's paper - iPhone

New York Times.com – Today’s paper – iPhone

New York Times Reader

New York Times Reader

New York Times front page - print

New York Times front page – print

New York Times daily email

New York Times daily email



The Boston Globe. At the time of these screen captures, there was a Web site, an app and the print version.

Boston Globe.com - iPhone

Boston Globe.com – iPhone

Boston Globe.com

Boston Globe.com

Boston Globe front page

Boston Globe front page in print

Boston Globe app

Boston Globe app



The Boston Herald. This is unique because readers see more information with the online front pages than in print.

Boston Herald front page, print

Boston Herald front page, print

Boston Herald app, iPhone

Boston Herald app, iPhone

Boston Herald.com

Boston Herald.com

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