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Newspapers: Would you consider a page-based one?
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Waaaaaay back in 2009 and such, page-based newspapers were all the rage in the MicroWiki community. The St.Charlian Observer, the Egtavian Star, Veritum Sandus, Gazet van Giddis, the Francillian…all these were popular newspapers laid out as print documents. Pretty much the only important news service not to start out in such a print format was Erusian Central News.

But in 2010 and onwards, everything sort of…changed, and now the majority of micronational news outlets, including all the outlets I just mentioned, either turned digital or disappeared. Now, of course, digital newspapers are more pragmatically viable. Nobody wants to have to print something out all the time - it wastes ink and paper. Of course, page newspapers can be read on-screen in Acrobat, but in comparison to web-based newspapers, they're terribly clumsy in this respect: You keep having to drag around and scroll rather than just seeing the headlines you care about and clicking on them.

Personally, however, I think there is something to be said for page-based newspapers. If you know what you're doing, you can make them look absolutely beautiful. Also, if you have enough citizens in your vicinity that you can actually circulate them directly in print, they make sense. Never mind the fact that having a tangible newspaper to show people at expos and such is always nice.

So, what do you think? Should we be making more page-based newspapers, or is it okay that the vast majority of micronational newspapers exist solely in blog form?


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Newspapers: Would you consider a page-based one? - by Sebastian Linden - 8 Nov 2013, 22:13:01

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