Yesterday saw the launch of another daily news title ‘The New Day’ from Trinity Mirror. A brave move in today’s ever increasing digital world? Read more from Tim Leonard, our Provocation Director.
Take a look at the sales figures of any national newspaper and it doesn’t look good. What you see could be described as a steady decline to oblivion, what some would call the death of print.
So, what better time to launch a new daily national newspaper? The New Day is not only politically neutral but also offers an optimistic view – all rather counter intuitive. If we look at it more closely though, is it as counter intuitive as it first appears?
Firstly, The New Day is borrowing some thinking from the enemy, Silicon Valley – birth place of the Internet. The ‘always in beta’ approach is a method of just trying out your ideas, keeping them small at first, iterating them and then evolving them to see what works. With a small team of 20 or so, it sounds like The New Day is agile enough to pull it off – or at least have a bloody good go at it.
Addressing the ‘print is dead’ argument; for me it’s more a case of finding the right level, a rebalancing in a world where digital is the default. Look at vinyl – it’s made a comeback because people love to touch and feel real things. So it’s not dead, it has its place, but it’s nowhere near as big as it used to be because of the convenience of digital. Likewise the smaller offering from Mirror Group could well find itsplace in the digitally dominated world of news.
Finally, reading on a phone or laptop says you’re reading ‘something’,but reading a book or newspaper says something about you as person. Since others can see what it is you’re reading, they can make assumptions on what your politics are, what’s important to you, etc. Heaven forefend you might even end up having a real conversation with a real person!
If I know anything about branding, it’s that people love to make a statement and say something about themselves and their values. So maybe there is hope for a new daily which respects it’s readers and confidently flies in the face of digital. Optimistic indeed.
As featured on Mar Comm News