Panoramic View

Friday, April 16, 2010


Writer Dave Eggers’ publishing house, McSweeney’s, recently released a one-off newspaper called Panorama. The 328-page paper was meant as a celebration of the print form and a demonstration of why newspapers are still uniquely relevant in the digital era. Brooke interviewed Dave live onstage in Washington DC, and asked him about the future of print.

Comments [5]


Why do people keep quoting a guy who took six months to produce one newspaper which had completely absurd financial numbers that didn't add up.

This guy is a snake oil salesman. He knows ZERO about producing newspapers. Panorama and his advice will help ONE person. It helps Dave Eggers sell Dave Eggers.

Apr. 20 2010 06:34 PM
Jack Evans from Deadwood

Okay. Please listen up. I am about to reveal the secret for revitalizing broadsheet newspapers.

It is a secret for newspaper success that was revealed to me in the late 1970's while I was studying communications arts at James Madison University.

Apparently it is a secret that all of us "in the know" have kept strictly to ourselves since newspapers are dropping like flies due to the fact that they are not choosing to implement its lessons.

So. Here we go. (Get out your notebooks.)

Put stuff in your newspaper that people want to read. Don't make that stuff available anywhere else. Ever. (Especially on-line.)

So. That's it.

Go now, all of ye, and spread the word. For the secret has been secret for too long.

- C.J. ;)

Apr. 18 2010 05:18 PM
RJ from brooklyn NY

I was struck by 2 things in Mr. Eggers comments. 1) He refers to paper vs. screen as physical media alone. That is of course genuine, but what he doesn't mention (nor do thequestioners) about the effect on how people read. When I read a newspaper I not only turn to sections that routinely interest me (easy onscreen), but I page randomly, often from back to front. The number of compelling stories I come across--some I even continue to follow in later issues as well as other media--has been major. Reading on the web reduces the possibility--and excitement--of randomness in news education.

2) The impact of the kinds of profits required of newspapers. It's not considered sufficient that a newspaper make *some* profit--or even *any* profit--it has to be *sizable* profit--by Wall Street standards, not by the needs or desires of readers or the 4th estate educational role the media are supposed to fulfill. That seems to me the story of "the death of newspapers" that has been ignored.

Apr. 18 2010 11:07 AM
Matthew Vincent from Charlotte, NC

Interesting how Eggers provides an astonishingly passionate defense of print. Of course, he articulates this defense as a fan, not a producer. We can't, in good conscience, call Eggers a producer of daily news because of Panorama. And his comments brush the dust off the two year old (ancient by Internet standards) problem web-heads have with the authoritarian business models of disseminating the news. Eggers defers to experts in a world highly suspicious (yet deferential) to experts. Can we agree that he's right about one the thing? As far as technological inventions go, and by standards of intellectual retention, paper far exceeds the power of the almighty screen.

Apr. 18 2010 01:03 AM
Larry Everling from Potomac, MD

Interesting how quickly Dave Eggers contradicts himself about producing Panorama on a daily basis. By appealling primarily to fellow journalists, perhaps he can call his newspaper by a more familiar name, The New Yorker magazine.

Apr. 17 2010 09:52 AM

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