The Daily: What we know so far
After a slight delay, Rupert Murdoch's newspaper of the future is set to debut Wednesday in New York City. Apple Vice President of Internet Services Eddy Cue will take co-founder Steve Jobs' place by Murdoch's side to debut the tablet newspaper, which is made specifically and exclusively for tablets. It will have no Web presence, save advertising, and will not update as quickly as a traditional news Web site.
The publication will publish nightly like an old-fashioned newspaper, so that readers will have it to peruse with their morning coffee.
Subscriptions will cost 99 cents per week, and the publication will feature a staff of about 100 reporters led by Jesse Angelo, the former managing editor of the News Corp.-owned New York Post.
The paper will aim to have a "centrist and pragmatic" take on the news, according to an article from New York Magazine, and its tone will be aimed at capturing "young, tech-savvy readers."
That's what we know so far. What people are speculating is something different altogether.
Some are already expecting The Daily to flop spectacularly. Citing everything from an target market that's admittedly limited by gadget ownership to a slower, longer news cycle, critics say The Daily is just a pie-in-the-sky idea that will go nowhere.
Salon co-founder Scott Rosenberg wrote in November that the venture is "dead on arrival," because without a Web presence, readers won't have the same ability to link and build a news community that they do with other news sites -- or at least won't be able to do it with the same ease.
Others say that with the financial backing of a media tycoon such as Murdoch (he's rumored to have sunk $30 million into the project) and a deep bench of reporting talent, the iPad Daily has a decent chance of making it -- and perhaps remaking the business model of journalism in its image with its micro-payments,
No matter what you think, you have to admit it's quite the gamble.
What do you want to hear from tomorrow's announcement? Are you even interested in an iPad-only newspaper?
| February 1, 2011; 7:38 AM ET
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