Daily Freeman Life Editor Ivan Lajara talks about journalism, living in the Hudson Valley, language, the Web, cats and even politics. But he shouldn't.
Thursday, January 5, 2017
That news problem
Don't you sometimes wish, in this world of instant news where everything looks the same no matter where it comes from, that you could get a reliable, filtered summary of the day's news at some point during the day?
Thinking of a way to do this, as a sort of evolution for Yesterday's Internet, Today!, I glanced upon two emails I get daily. The first one is the epaper email in the morning, that you should be getting if you're a subscriber. It's basically the paper as it appears in print, which comes in handy if you're away (you might notice that all the pages are in color as well).
So perhaps the problem is not so much that we don't do this but that we haven't told you about it well?
I'd add that a good newsletter would have a bit more personalization, and I can understand why small news organizations just aren't able to do this. (If you're wondering how I have time to write this, I'm doing it on my day off). So the daily emails can suffice (and do for thousands).
In an ideal world, the email would add some links from outside the Freeman, a sort of "we also saw this and you might want to check them out too." This is the sort of thing my newsletter was aiming for, but with a focus on what's of interest to me because, well, it's my newsletter, after all.