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The Oldest Newspaper in the World goes Web Only


Olav's dog "Swen" has been burning a trail back and forth from driveway to front door and he still can't find the paper. He can't find it because it just isn't there. No pickled herring treat for "Swen" today, or for that matter, any other day.

According to an Associated Press report on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007, Sweden's newspaper, Post-och Inrikes Tidningar, will no longer be available in print but can be found on the Web.

"The "Post-och" is recognized as the world's oldest paper still in circulation", says, Karl Ritter of The Associated Press. The paper was founded by Sweden's Queen Kristina in 1645, as a way for her, to let her subjects have a peek into what was happening in the "affairs of State". Pamphlet style, the Queen had the paper nailed to walls throughout her kingdom. Today, it is basically used to print legal announcements. The "oldest paper in the world" joins the future of journalism, rather ironic , isn't it?

Is the end of the "printed paper" here, in the now? I agree with many of the pundits that claim that to be the case. I am a creature of habit, for almost forty years, I have gotten up in the morning, brewed my coffee, then sat back and read the morning paper. True, it used to be the Los Angeles Times, but that was when I had go retrieve the often soggy issue from the prickly rose bush my newsboy seemed to love so much. Today, I find reading the New York Times version more to my personal taste, and of course, the fact that I read it for free is a bonus. Yes, I read it on the Internet and I read it for free.

With a green logo of "Journalist, spare that tree". Writer Maury Breecher, proclaims that "experts say your local paper won't be printed on paper. Pointing to a "metamorphosis' in which newspapers are recreating themselves on the Internet, mass communication analysts are not only proliferating but gaining independence."

It's no shock that most major newspapers have plummeted in circulation and in advertising revenue. The move by the newspapers to the "net" is definitely a "duck and cover" reaction. Production cost are on the rise and readership is headed the way of a swirl in the toilet bowl. Their biggest single "asset" is their established names and they are stampeding to establish "online editions" at a feverish pace. Is it too little too late? In an article printed by the in august 2006, it is stated, "A new force of "citizen" journalists and bloggers is itching to hold politicians to account. The web has opened the closed world of professional editors and reporters to anyone with a keyboard and an Internet connection."

Somebody had better go get "Swen" a bone.

Karl Ritter, The Associated press
Ventura County Star Feb.6,2007

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4 comments on The Oldest Newspaper in the World goes Web Only

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By V on February 08, 2007 at 01:13 pm
Wow, I had no idea about the oldest newspaper in the world, still in circulation. Really, really interesting.
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By E Jo on February 08, 2007 at 03:38 pm
Got to teach Swen to paw the 'power' button :)
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By Steven Lane on February 08, 2007 at 09:14 pm
E Jo, if dogs find the power button a lot of people are going to be out of work, lol.
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By Josh Marks on February 09, 2007 at 03:02 am
Great article. Right on. I read an interview recently with Arthur Sulzberger, owner, chairman and publisher of the New York Times and in response to a question asking if the NY Times will still be printed in five years he said "I really don't know whether we'll be printing the Times in five years, and you know what? I don't care either." Here is the article link: We really are going through an online revolution in journalism right now and it is really exciting to be a part of!
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