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Submission + - 1981 news report on the internet downplays the internet's threat to news (networkworld.com)

colinneagle writes: In 1981, a San Francisco TV news station reported on some of the world's first internet users — San Francisco newspaper editors who were overseeing a new investment aimed at streamlining newspaper operations. Little did they know how successful it would be. Calling it "the newest form of electronic journalism," the reporter explains how editors at the San Francisco Examiner used an early phone-based internet connection to transfer all text content for the daily print edition. The system apparently couldn't transfer photos, advertisements, or comics at the time. The San Francisco Examiner also put out a web edition of the paper, inviting readers to gain access by cutting a coupon out of the print paper and sending it to the newspaper office.

The report is especially interesting for the comments made about the internet and its potential impact on the newspaper business. The lead anchor introducing the story seems shocked at the idea of a "home computer"; an editor at the San Francisco Examiner says they're "not in it to make money" and estimates that "they're not going to lose a lot [of money]." That same anchor closes the story by speculating that "the new telepaper won't be much competition for the 20-cent street edition."

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1981 news report on the internet downplays the internet's threat to news

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