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Paper-and-ink beats the web in terms of usability?

Wired Students Prefer Campus News on Paper


Here's news. Even though college campuses are some of the most wired places on Earth, printed versions of college newspapers remain far more popular than their online editions.

That is why, as university and college newspaper editors prepare for the returning flood of students in coming weeks, most will be focused more on putting out the best paper-and-ink reports they can muster than on meeting the special demands of adapting campus journalism to the Web.

"There are a lot of Web-design majors on our campus, but not many of them have time available for the job," Schellene Clendenin, the summer editor at Oregon State University's Daily Barometer, said last week. The Barometer, which is published weekly during the summer, has not updated its Web site since June.

It is not only limited resources that have kept the emphasis on paper at college newspapers. Campus readers also still apparently prefer the old-line medium.

"It's easier to take a printed copy to class and read it when there is a lull," Ms. Clendenin said. "It's easier to sit and read it than take your laptop to class."

J. D. Trollinger
Monday, August 19, 2002

They obviously need to use CityDesk.

Simon Lucy
Tuesday, August 20, 2002

easy on the eyes and can take it anywhere.

Until kids start writing on digital tablets from preschool, it will be a hard sell to get us to stop printing all the stuff from the internet.

Tuesday, August 20, 2002


Why change Paper and Ink ? No digital tablets.
Paper and Inc and all digital :)

Thomas S.
Tuesday, August 20, 2002

The problem is that the pad of paper is the gold standard for interfaces.  It never ever crashes, the response time is instant, it never runs out of batteries, the interface is extremely simple and self-explanatory, it's cheap and easily available, etc.

The reason why college newspapers are so much nicer than college webpages is because the papers are so useful.  You can read them in a borring lecture without needing to acquire / turn on your laptop.  You can use them to protect your head from the rain, etc.  If you get food on them, it's no biggie.

Tuesday, August 20, 2002

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