Yes, they contain yesterday’s news, but don’t kid yourself that news websites in the morning are more current – they are filled with stories the overnight crew took from the next day’s paper, plus some stories from wire services. Each morning, AAP re-writes important stories from the papers and sends them out to both Fairfax and News Ltd, where the online editors pick up the ones the other mob had.
Sure, by mid-morning the news sites will have stuff that happened that morning, but it’ll usually be about accidents and crime. Yawn.
Don’t get me wrong, I think news sites have an amazing set of tools for story telling, but when’s the last time you saw a good online news story? When’s the last time you saw a news website consistently doing interesting things with news stories? Because, in my opinion, putting a cool graphic or interactive map in a story every now and then doesn’t excuse the rest of the mediocre offerings that we have to put up with, day after day.
Anyway, the main reason I still read newspapers is because they’re put together by editors with decades of experience as journalists, and they are structured to lead you through them, to see stories you wouldn’t normally be interested in.
News websites are put together by editors with less than a decade of experience as journalists, who chase the ‘most popular’ list instead of using editorial judgement. You don’t learn anything about ‘us’ as a nation or as a city by looking at a news site. Because, for fuck’s sake, do we really need to know about every car accident and every pedophile arrest?