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I think a lot of people will scoff at the idea of The Daily when they hear it’s a News Corp venture: one of the major News Corp properties, Fox News, is widely regarded to be soapbox for right-wing politics with heavily slanted coverage.  Whether this distinction is completely fair I find hard to say, since most people seem to cite the opinion shows in the (i.e. Hannity, The O’Reilly Factor, Huckabee, and Glenn Beck), as opposed to the regular newscasters during the day, but I have no problem seeing the station as being sensationalist and entertainment driven, just like CNN and MSNBC.

News Corp also owns The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post, and it feels like The Daily sits in between the two in terms of its integrity, seriousness, and quality.  The Journal one of the two premiere newspapers in the country (alongside of The New York Times), whereas the Post is only a notch or two above being a rag.

The articles in The Daily are well written if a bit random: I agree with others’ interpretations that it’s difficult to pin down just who this digital newspaper is for.  Another reviewer noted that it’s especially odd that it doesn’t even contain a true Tech Section, which would be wonderfully appropriate for this endeavor.  (There are nice iPad app reviews, however.)

Overall, it’s beautiful and ugly all at the same time, featuring a clever layout but serious lag in carousel mode.  The carousel view also features previews of the articles, but those are horribly compressed pictures.  This is also true of the video overview one sees at the start of each day’s paper.

The Daily is free right now, but it will be either $0.99 a week $39.99 a year, which is incredibly fair for a well-written, daily paper.  But this publication needs to find its focus and fix the weird issues it’s having first, before it can justify charging for its content.

To Rupert Murdoch’s credit, either way, he immediately bought into the credibility of the iPad and the future that tablet computing is ushering in.  I love that he believes that The Daily needs to combine the qualities of traditional journalism and marry them to modern technology.  We’ll see if he succeeds.

For now, I’m excited to download each new edition every morning and see where it goes.

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Written by Michael

6 February 2011 at 11:09 pm

Posted in News, Technology

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