If not, this might as well be it.
― Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 14:59 (eleven years ago) link
― Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 15:00 (eleven years ago) link
― Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 15:02 (eleven years ago) link
There is a constant thread of panic in my office. . .
― Not Everyone Can Be Tupac (Susan), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 15:03 (eleven years ago) link
Detroit Media Partnership L.P., which operates the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News, is expected to announce next week that it will cease home delivery of the papers' print editions on most days of the week, according to people familiar with the company's thinking.
Detroit Media has not made a final decision, these people said. But the leading scenario set to be unveiled Tuesday calls for the Free Press, the 20th largest U.S. newspaper by weekday circulation, and the News to end home delivery on all but the most lucrative days -- Thursday, Friday and Sunday. On the other days, the company would sell single copies of abbreviated print editions at newsstands and direct readers to the papers' expanded digital editions.
The Free Press, owned by Gannett Co., and the News, owned by MediaNews Group, are operated by Detroit Media under a so-called joint operating agreement.
Bloomberg News/LandovWeekday circulation for Detroit's two major newspapers has plunged.The Free Press and the News would be the first dailies in a major metropolitan market to curtail home delivery and drastically scale back their print editions. Other newspapers are contemplating similar moves in response to the erosion of advertising and the rising costs of printing and delivery. In October the Christian Science Monitor said it will stop printing a daily newspaper in April and move instead to an online version with a weekly print product.
Newspaper groups have taken drastic steps lately to align costs with shrinking revenue, including massive staff cuts and efforts to consolidate functions through partnerships like the JOA in Detroit. As many of those measures have proved insufficient, publishers have taken a harder look at shifting away from print or abandoning it altogether to save on printing and distribution.
Even by industry standards, the Detroit papers have been hit particularly hard, a result of the troubled auto industry's impact on Michigan's economy. Dave Hunke, Detroit Media's chief executive, said in October, "It's time for us to look at some radical departures from our business model."
Weekday circulation has declined 15% at the Free Press and 22% at the News over the past five years, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. As of September, the Free Press had a weekday circulation of 298,243, including 200,110 home and mail subscribers. The comparable numbers at the News were 178,280 and 97,483.
To address the mounting problems, Detroit Media has been working with IDEO Inc., a design firm based in Palo Alto, Calif., for the past six months to help reinvent the papers. The results of their work are scheduled to be unveiled to employees on Tuesday.
The changes are likely to result in significant job cuts. Gannett, which owns 85 daily newspapers, recently said it was eliminating 2,000 positions as part of a 10% staff reduction. Two of its papers, USA Today and the Free Press, were not part of those reductions.
"The Detroit Media Partnership is looking at everything right now just like everyone else in the country," said Leland K. Bassett, a spokesman.
Because the Detroit papers will continue to publish daily electronic versions, the cuts are expected to come mostly, if not entirely, from outside the newsroom, according to people close to the situation.
Curtailing home delivery would bring the Detroit papers much needed savings, but would also carry considerable risk. At a time when newspapers are fighting to retain readers, steering those readers online instead of delivering their paper to the door could cause them to lose the habit of reading a paper daily.
Rumors about Detroit Media's plans have surfaced in recent days on the "Gannett Blog" run by former USA Today reporter Jim Hopkins.
― Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 15:03 (eleven years ago) link
In addition to advice, doomsaying, and so on, this is also a space for writers to sip cheap brandy in Titanic deck chairs and dish about redesigns, budget cuts, and outlet shrinkage (which has been happening with an alarming frequency over the past two years or so and continues unabated, in my experience).
― Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 15:06 (eleven years ago) link
anyone interested in this shd subscribe to 'themediaisdying' on twitter, sort of like watching a car crash
― beyonc'e (max), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 15:07 (eleven years ago) link
btw to all the writers thinking about jumping over here to PR--it sucks
Over here, a lot of hopes are being pinned to the Web. Which, as the Web person, worries me. Obv. the print model can't just be pasted online and be successful.
― Not Everyone Can Be Tupac (Susan), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 15:08 (eleven years ago) link
btw to all the writers thinking about jumping over here to B2B - we're fucked as well
― Go Go Padgett Binoculars (The stickman from the hilarious 'xkcd' comics), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 15:08 (eleven years ago) link
Newspaper managements are treating the web like it's 1999 and there's a fountain of money just waiting to be tapped. A newspaper group I know recently unveiled its new online revenue plans. #1 amounted to essentially "spam email".
― stet, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 15:14 (eleven years ago) link
it doesnt help that 90% of all newspaper websites are terrible, slow pieces of shit
― beyonc'e (max), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 15:17 (eleven years ago) link
I'm the first professional staff brought on-board to focus on the Web and the expectations are just not based on reality. (I work for a college newspaper, one of the oldest, circ. of 40k and completely funded by ad revenue).
Luckily, the students I work with have a better grasp of what's possible.
― Not Everyone Can Be Tupac (Susan), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 15:19 (eleven years ago) link
in the ripple effect, last week abitibi-bowater shut down a paper mill in a town/semi-important hub of about 4000ppl near where i grew up, laying off 1100 people. the municipal gov't have had no interest in diversifying their economy, ergo, town is killed. incredibly sad for a lot of people.
― rent, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 15:20 (eleven years ago) link
I am old school enough to subscribe to the local daily, The Oregonian, or as it is known in my household, The Incredible Shrinking Newspaper. I swear they have cut page count in half in the past 3-4 months.
The front page section, where national and international news resides, has become especially weak and pathetic. If this is how they plan to compete in a market where news and quasi-news breaks hyperactively, they live in a bizarro world.
― Aimless, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 19:29 (eleven years ago) link
#1 amounted to essentially "spam email".
those of you hoping to jump over to the 'spam email' sector ahem sorry, direct marketing sector, it sucks over here as well.
― mark e, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 21:08 (eleven years ago) link
last week abitibi-bowater shut down a paper mill
Oh fuck -- do you have any idea what kind(s) of stock they made there?
― One Community Service Mummy, hold the Straightedge Merman (Laurel), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 21:13 (eleven years ago) link
i don't know but this is the plant Laurel, if it helps. they're shutting down or idling at least three more in tennessee and alabama...
― swamp buggy badass (negotiable), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 23:06 (eleven years ago) link
the 1100 number includes everyone expected to be affected: forestry, hydro, etc.
― swamp buggy badass (negotiable), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 23:07 (eleven years ago) link
As long as it's newsprint, I'm safe. At least for now.
― One Community Service Mummy, hold the Straightedge Merman (Laurel), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 23:17 (eleven years ago) link
First they came for the groundwood etc.
― One Community Service Mummy, hold the Straightedge Merman (Laurel), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 23:19 (eleven years ago) link
yeah you know you can just put your kindle in a ziplock bag and it's just as good as a book for reading in the tub. I read it in a blog.
― TOMBOT, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 23:21 (eleven years ago) link
Looking forward to books being lasered into my brain... What's the eta on that??
― beyonc'e (max), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 23:51 (eleven years ago) link
It looks like we're selling our press (after printing our paper on-site for more than 75 years. There will now be only three other universities in the nation who do so.) So we have quite a bit of surplus newsprint if anyone would like it.
― Not Everyone Can Be Tupac (Susan), Wednesday, 17 December 2008 14:01 (eleven years ago) link
I know it ain't the dotcom boom, but the only jobs in media right now are Flash programmers. Nobody wants or needs print people.
― dan selzer, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 14:09 (eleven years ago) link
now i feel bad for my devoted use of the library. clearly i should be buying printed things to support not having books lasered into my brain.
― Maria, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 14:48 (eleven years ago) link
apparently journalists at the telegraph have a better chance of keeping their jobs if, along side writing their pieces, they can also edit video.
― Manchego Bay (G00blar), Wednesday, 17 December 2008 14:50 (eleven years ago) link
Amazon will be rly happy when you drop that $360 Kindle into the tub and the ziploc leaks and you have to buy another one to read the 56 "classics" you downloaded at the recommendation of ILB.
― One Community Service Mummy, hold the Straightedge Merman (Laurel), Wednesday, 17 December 2008 14:52 (eleven years ago) link
yeah this is getting off thread topic, but i don't think books are going away just yet. the kindle is cool, sure, but it's not a industry gamechanger like the Ipod.
― Mr. Que, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 14:54 (eleven years ago) link
I can't imagine using a kindle.
How many of you read papers via iPhone or another mobile device?
― Not Everyone Can Be Tupac (Susan), Wednesday, 17 December 2008 14:55 (eleven years ago) link
A book is pretty much perfectly designed for what you want to do with it though. In today's day and age, I'm not sure a newspaper is, especially given the speed at which things happen.
― Matt DC, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 15:25 (eleven years ago) link
How many of you read papers via iPhone or another mobile device?Me.
― stet, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 15:27 (eleven years ago) link
if a kindle fit in my back pocket i would buy one in like two seconds.
― Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 15:28 (eleven years ago) link
Does the Kindle do that looong pause and annoying flash every time you turn the page like the Sony Reader does? They need to fix that.
― stet, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 15:29 (eleven years ago) link
what the Reader and Kindle need is a feature where every time you finish a page, a loud bell goes off, then when you finish a chapter, it plays a short fanfare, and when you finish the book, it plays the end-title music from the Godfather. Now that would be both motivational and satisfying.
― dan selzer, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 15:33 (eleven years ago) link
In newspapers' partial defense, their problems are hugely magnified by the recession/depression. The economic situation we're facing might have destroyed a few papers even in pre-internet times.
― Indiespace Administratester (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 17 December 2008 15:53 (eleven years ago) link
The kindle seems prohibitively expensive for most, considering the only thing you can do with it is read books on it.
― Nicolars (Nicole), Wednesday, 17 December 2008 16:27 (eleven years ago) link
As I heard it, the man who assembled the newspaper chain which owns my local daily, Si Newhouse, constantly preached that a newspaper is not a vehicle for delivering news, but a vehicle for delivering advertising. Oftentimes I have looked for some news in the product dropped at my doorstep and verified his observation.
― Aimless, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 17:20 (eleven years ago) link
He is right of course. But no news = no vehicle.
― Indiespace Administratester (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 17 December 2008 17:39 (eleven years ago) link
Nickel Ads, the Newspaper of The Future!!
― Aimless, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 17:56 (eleven years ago) link
RIP rocky mountain news
― max, Thursday, 26 February 2009 20:14 (eleven years ago) link
I am considering whether 'twould be nobler in the mind to subscribe to the NYT and read a newspaper whose reason for existance does not revolve around the comics page. But it seems disloyal somehow.
― Aimless, Thursday, 26 February 2009 20:21 (eleven years ago) link
― StanM, Friday, 27 February 2009 15:55 (eleven years ago) link
― max, Friday, 27 February 2009 15:57 (eleven years ago) link
adapt or die, eh?
― Dr Morbius, Friday, 27 February 2009 16:00 (eleven years ago) link
no wonder they folded, all the news on the sidebar is 150 years late
― bobby dijindal (and what), Friday, 27 February 2009 16:01 (eleven years ago) link
Seattle Post-Intelligencer and/or SF Chronicle are probably the next two to drop unless they figure something out
― dmr, Friday, 27 February 2009 19:25 (eleven years ago) link
P-I is screwed, might go web-only but who cares if that's the case
― linh (jergins), Friday, 27 February 2009 19:44 (eleven years ago) link
― go back to ur game of Croquette ye posho's (stevie), Saturday, 28 February 2009 20:05 (eleven years ago) link
NBC News reports:
The New York Daily News announced on Monday plans to eliminate half of its newsroom as part of a broader effort to refocus the newspaper. Daily News staff was notified of the cuts in an email sent by the company’s human resources department that also detailed a new direction for the paper, with an increased focus on breaking news with particular attention paid to crime, civil justice and public responsibility. It will still cover local news and sports, the email said.
― a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 23 July 2018 14:23 (one year ago) link
― a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 23 July 2018 14:26 (one year ago) link
most people are going to wisely repeat to you the line that "newspapers are dying" like it's everyone on the internet's fault, and not a parasitic executive class vulturing their way through profitable newsrooms, destroying lives to fund their sixth house and second yacht— Nathan Bernhardt (@jonbernhardt) July 23, 2018
― a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 24 July 2018 03:46 (one year ago) link
The tale of TRONC has been pretty horrific to follow the last few years.
― Frederik B, Tuesday, 24 July 2018 08:08 (one year ago) link
The Independent essentially licensing its brand to the Saudi government.
The same crew (SRMG) who hired Vice for their embedded video advertorials.
― Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Monday, 22 October 2018 12:29 (one year ago) link
see also https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/business/media/david-pecker-trump-saudi-arabia.amp.html
― maura, Monday, 22 October 2018 13:14 (one year ago) link
The majority of American households are spending $50 to $70 per month for internet service, on top of $30 to $100 per line for mobile internet. They do so to have access to Netflix, pornography, and email, of course, but they are absolutely also paying to read the news. Tens of millions of people read BuzzFeed, Gizmodo, Slate, and The New York Times monthly—and every one of them that is not browsing at a public library, or stealing WiFi, is paying for the privilege. They’re just not paying the people who are making it.
― mookieproof, Friday, 25 January 2019 22:03 (one year ago) link
the "learn to code!" retorts are largely trolling, but even if they are, good luck doing so (you can learn to code without a CS degree, obviously, but it's often a hiring requirement)
― theorizing your yells (katherine), Friday, 25 January 2019 22:04 (one year ago) link
(this article also talks primarily about full-time undergrads; journalists trying to get a CS degree would probably be non-matriculating/non-degree students, who have it exponentially harder (registration often only days before the first day of class, no financial aid, often limits on how many credits one can take, cumulatively, period)
― theorizing your yells (katherine), Friday, 25 January 2019 22:05 (one year ago) link
xp. coding bootcamps are likely easier to get into but if i were to do one in my city a quick google tells me i would have to pay $8600 (canadian) and take 3 months off work. i will never be able to do both of those things unless i live a life of privation for 5 years
― ( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Friday, 25 January 2019 22:18 (one year ago) link
(while saving up)
― Mordy, Sunday, 27 January 2019 18:00 (one year ago) link
pareene's got a point about the subsidies. remember when every blank CD you bought included a percentage that went to the labels? the internet is like one vast blank CD allowing everyone to copy everything. which is like, cool, but, you know.
― illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 27 January 2019 19:24 (one year ago) link
― maxwell’s silver hang suite (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 28 January 2019 16:24 (one year ago) link
man, this fucking world
― Groove(box) Denied (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 01:44 (one year ago) link
― o. nate, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 02:19 (one year ago) link
Dear pop media websites, please know that when you have video features with 200-500 word summaries included afterwards, I just quickly skim the summaries and close out, because I don't really care about the videos. (But if you were to instead write articles, I'd read those.)
― Groove(box) Denied (Raymond Cummings), Sunday, 3 February 2019 00:19 (one year ago) link
true in 2014, true today.
elsewhere, it's not a newspaper but the UK edition of Wired went from 12 issues a year, to 10 and then to 6 in the space of a year and a half and the subscription cost REMAINED THE SAME. it was a 50% saving on the cover price, it's now 5%.
― koogs, Sunday, 3 February 2019 21:17 (one year ago) link
A very cool thing about the VICE layoffs is that they waited until the first of the month—you know, the day when people generally need to pay their rent—to destroy 250 people’s livelihoods. You absolute soulless bastards— Kim Kelly (@GrimKim) February 2, 2019
― Groove(box) Denied (Raymond Cummings), Sunday, 3 February 2019 23:38 (one year ago) link
Today is an extremely difficult day, the worst day—and I’m heart-broken and devastated. We learned this morning, without any warning, that our primary funder is cutting off all charitable giving and that our board is shutting down @PacificStand, effective next Friday.— Nicholas Jackson (@nbj914) August 7, 2019
― mookieproof, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 19:41 (nine months ago) link
― Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 20:32 (nine months ago) link
nymag acquired by vox
― mookieproof, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 01:07 (eight months ago) link
can’t read that on phone but yiiiiiiiikes
― now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 01:32 (eight months ago) link
The I acquired by the Daily Mail.
BREAKING: Daily Mail publisher DMGT has bought the i paper from JPI Media for £49.6m— Press Gazette (@pressgazette) November 29, 2019
― Srinivasaraghavan VONCataraghavan (ShariVari), Friday, 29 November 2019 11:19 (five months ago) link
Is there any sense to this acquisition?
― xyzzzz__, Friday, 29 November 2019 11:28 (five months ago) link
misread as "Then I acquired the Daily Mail"
― wasdnuos (abanana), Friday, 29 November 2019 14:47 (five months ago) link
According to this thread the Torygraph seems to be in real trouble, what a shame.
The more I look into this story, the more I'm convinced that something isn't right at The Telegraph.https://t.co/6FVL6eEcTh— Chris McCrudden (@cmccrudden) February 19, 2020
― Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 14:53 (three months ago) link
Good. Their website still looks abysmal too. Even if they can get the clicks they can't get the staff.
― nashwan, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 14:57 (three months ago) link
their profit fell by *95%* last year to just under a million which is a) fucking hilarious and b) hang on a sec wtf is going on here? maybe some of that drop is investment into digital but i would put a high probability that nobody is investing *anything* rn while it’s in freefall. i smell something v dodgy in the background there. i think they pulled out of the circulation boosting stuff for BA and hotels etc last year as well, which may be a *cause* but tbh i doubt it and it’s more likely an effect of whatever accounting revealed about the state of their books.
― Fizzles, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 16:49 (three months ago) link
Their owners are incredibly litigious. Oh, here’s a disconnected thought I just had: weren’t there companies quite recently whose owners sucked virtually all the profit out of the business before selling it into a sudden collapse? I think there were.
― stet, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 17:39 (three months ago) link
could almost be in another thread the second part of your post there, stet, so utterly unrelated is it.
― Fizzles, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 19:21 (three months ago) link
to be strictly fair on the digital strategy, i was at a big european educational publishers last week and they managed to piss away an annual 30 million euro profit on copyright compliance and their very nascent digital strategy and i literally don’t know how they did it. consequence, a bunch of pissed off product managers who are now being told to chase short-term ad revenue rather than building a digital platform that needs to come in in the next two years. protection of huge historically guaranteed revenues and extreme caution about anything that might disrupt that including their own attempt to avoid disruption. it is textbook.
― Fizzles, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 19:37 (three months ago) link
Related: Is there a thread for the rapid death of the textbook industry?
― ShariVari, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 19:40 (three months ago) link
That is a grave we should all dance upon of course
― Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 19:42 (three months ago) link
the closed market and high margins of textbooks are awful. but there are considerable difficulties in replacing then. you've got content creators who are producing pedagogical material designed to deliver curriculums, then you've got the content editors and content designers, putting it onto the page. that framework of expertise needs to replicated in a digital space. how you gatekeep and QA that material is complicated
that's not easy for all sorts of reasons. funding is one: the current model generally across higher and k12 educational establishments is a capex/funding ask one. the model for digital platforms tends to be a subscription/opex model, and state and educational sectors generally aren't really set up for that.
another example is just the standard problem of moving behaviour from one mode to another - one example of needing to change editor behaviour is that they're very considerable perfectionists – not unreasonably given a mistake in print could last a full textbook edition cycle (which is, what? 3-5 years?). However, digital deployments allow for early deployments, feedback and iterative corrections - and it's really hard to get the editors to respond to that.
infrastructure in schools (i'm talking about europe here, I haven't got a great knowledge of UK schools) varies greatly. if you're going to start using phones, tablets and laptops as replacements for textbooks you need solid wifi and connectivity (certainly the schools in germany haven't got that yet, though there's a government project to invest €2 billion in school infra in the next two years).
so textbooks do what they need to do generally very well, despite rinsing out institutions - how you retain a high quality educational framework in a digital age is quite challenge from my limited look at it. (that's if you don't factor in the natural conservatism of companies who make $$$ out of the textbooks of course, but it's hard to disrupt because of state and federally/government sanctioned curriculums.
― Fizzles, Friday, 21 February 2020 20:03 (three months ago) link
The biggest disruptors at the moment are probably students and teachers who realise that the subject matter doesn’t change much from one year to the next so there isn’t really a bar to just buying a textbook at a quarter of the retail price from the previous year’s graduating class. Amazon Marketplace, and companies that will rent you a book for as long as you need it, make that even easier. That hasn’t affected K12 as much as HE but the margins in HE tend to be far, far higher.
The ‘digital transformation’, ime, has often had more to do with trying to force people away from that behaviour by keeping important resources digitally paywalled - unlocked with unique codes bundled with print books - than fundamentally moving beyond print. You have companies who have proudly been trumpeting a ‘digital first’ strategy for the last five years still explaining why their sales are flatlining or they’re drowning in debt by pointing to a decline in the willingness to buy paper books.
There have been some quite good initial attempts at meaningful blended learning / digital textbook solutions but they have been limited by, as you say, lack of infrastructure in schools and universities - in combination with a lack of experience/ expertise in the part of publishers in managing huge, complex digital platforms. There is also a sinking feeling that customers will always expect digital resources to cost a fraction of print ones, even if they end up being more expensive for publishers to operationalise.
Editors will probably have to get over a reluctance to iterate. The subscription model is likely to be inevitable. Something I keep hearing is a ‘FIFA model’ - minor annual updates to a core product that fundamentally never changes. I suspect that almost everyone talking about it doesn’t know how much people resent having to buy FIFA every year or how much of that purchasing behaviour is driven by the social aspect of needing the same version as your friends in order to play each other.
― ShariVari, Friday, 21 February 2020 23:45 (three months ago) link
That’s why the Dragon Quest model is better.
― El Tomboto, Friday, 21 February 2020 23:54 (three months ago) link
idk I was sort of figuring progressively more educators would write textbooks and upload them as PDFs for free
― Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Friday, 21 February 2020 23:55 (three months ago) link
the scribd / wikipedia model of education. fuck peer review anyway! Sanpaku would mop up, he can teach anything
― El Tomboto, Friday, 21 February 2020 23:59 (three months ago) link
I mean there's lots of college math textbooks released under this model at least. Couldn't tell you how many classes other than those of the authors adopt them, of course.
― Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Saturday, 22 February 2020 00:00 (three months ago) link
interesting post, SV. And your point about packaging 'digital access' with books is otm - when someone told me how they were doing this my response was 'what, like a CD-ROM?!' and they smiled ruefully and basically said 'those were the days' where they made a load of additional cash out of digital.
― Fizzles, Saturday, 22 February 2020 08:11 (three months ago) link
I don't know much about textbooks in K12 so I won't comment on that.
In France HE textbooks are much less of a thing than they are in the usa (don't know uk). Profs generally write their own lecture notes, and those are made available either (old fashioned) as copies in the library or online (I do the latter). This is obviously the best solution for serious universities, where the teaching faculty are also active researchers. I'm an editor of an "open" textbook in my speciality, managed through GitHub so that teachers can assemble their text à la carte from the components we've collectively written. Obviously this is free as in beer. You can also have the books printed on command so students who don't have good access to the net/machine can use the book (you then just pay for the printing). This is, I hope, the future of textbooks.
― pet friendly (Euler), Saturday, 22 February 2020 10:00 (three months ago) link
also an interesting post, Euler. as you say, probably harder to do with K12 and state curriculums, but v interesting as a possible future model. to get this thread back on track this joyous news cross-posted from the rolling UK politics thread:https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/feb/23/the-sun-records-huge-loss-amid-falling-print-sales-phone-hacking-damages
― Fizzles, Sunday, 23 February 2020 17:21 (three months ago) link
the end point of this terminal stage of big money liberalism is the heartbreaking plea, "why aren't donors stepping up to rescue [thing they don't actually care about]" https://t.co/QZfjOajpxV— 'Weird Alex' Pareene (@pareene) April 19, 2020
― brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Monday, 20 April 2020 13:17 (one month ago) link
Someone stick a fork in the Herald
What do you think of David Icke's conspiracy theories? https://t.co/FFkbrunR2n— HeraldScotland (@heraldscotland) May 1, 2020
― Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Friday, 1 May 2020 23:59 (three weeks ago) link
We asked Nicola Sturgeon if she had the brainpower to recognise that the coronavirus has been cooked up to help usher in a tyrannical fascist world government.She declined to comment.
She declined to comment.
Seriously get this to fuck.
― Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Saturday, 2 May 2020 00:06 (three weeks ago) link
a mix between shite and bollocks with the swagger of a cunt?
― mookieproof, Saturday, 2 May 2020 01:54 (three weeks ago) link
Print newspaper sales figures are supposed to be out today. But following industry representations, they no longer have to be made public. The monthly ABC sales charts have also been stopped permanently as they give "stimulus to write a negative narrative of circulation decline".— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) May 21, 2020
If you keep the decline a secret maybe it will stop.
― ShariVari, Thursday, 21 May 2020 10:14 (six days ago) link
― Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 21 May 2020 10:49 (six days ago) link
Note: Tribune Publishing has cut salaries & instituted furloughs citing the pandemic/the economy but the savings to the company is ~less than~ what it is paying in severance to one (1) executive. These decisions are made deliberately to enrich the few on the backs of the many. pic.twitter.com/43KToeEZNf— Nina Metz (@Nina_Metz) May 21, 2020
― Bleeqwot (sic), Thursday, 21 May 2020 21:42 (six days ago) link