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Newspaper channels

May 30, 2009

Yes, some newspapers have partnered with local TV stations as a way of sharing news and marketing themselves, but let’s go one better.

My 95 year old grandfather had a hard time reading the newspaper in the last few years of his life. He depended on his 80 year old wife to read the paper to him. She was never much of a reader. It was both funny and sad to hear them talk about her efforts to read to him.

There’s a need for people to read for people who are either blind or can’t read small print.

Here’s an idea:

Newspaper companies purchase air time through advertising and donations, much the same way as PBS. The newspaper companies have their own channels.

Through remote control features, viewers can select stories by day, byline, topic. And then … that story is read aloud. I imagine there is a very large market for this, seeing how we hear about the aging population all the time.

So, let’s get the news to everyone, in print, online, on TV, visually and audibly.

Any thoughts?

UPDATE: It has been suggested through Twitter comments that podcasts of stories on newspaper sites should be offered as a service to those with vision impairment.

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