It’s journalism Jim, but not as we know it. A new newspaper has been launched in London, containing articles solely sourced from Blogs.
The freesheet hit London on Friday (November 20, 2009), distributed at four City underground stations, as well as at Stratford in East London.
The Blogpaper has no editor and its content is determined by the vote of bloggers through the theblogpaper website (theblogpaper.co.uk).
“We aim to combine two different yet equally important types of media: internet and print,” the publisher says on its site.
“One major cornerstone of theblogpaper's the concept is that many people are in control of what people are going to receive (by promoting content to print)."
It adds, “Instead of a few people controlling the majority of what is being published and therefore read, theblogpaper aims to put the majority in charge. We believe in the power of the community, rather than in the power of the individual.”
Founded by Anton Waldburg and Karl Jo Seilern, bloggers don't get paid for their work, and plans are for the paper to be funded by advertising.
Despite being a ‘work in progress’ its an interesting media development. While many print publications shift operations online it demonstrates there is still a place for freesheets for the commuter audience.
And while most bloggers claim that digital is the future it demonstrates they still like to see their work as the printed word.
Recently an ‘online newspaper with no writers’ was launched in the US. The Tewspaper uses an algorithm as opposed to journalists to scour social media sites for relevant news links.
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