ALL THE NEWS…. Latitude’s look at the role of the newspaper in today’s culture Do you read newspapers?Most of us do. Whether it’s the local paper delivered to our door; the alterative paper at the coffee house; the Xeroxed school newspaper; or an online news source, newspapers still provide the substance of what most of us consider news.
Some years ago the San Francisco Chronicle performed an experiment to prove the value of printed news vs. the typical tv newscast: it ran an image of a front cover upon which only a portion of words in the copy were highlighted. Those highlighted words, equal to the entirety of all the words spoken during a local nightly newscast, accounted for only 1/3 of all the words on the newspaper’s front page.
Today for many reasons there are fewer newspapers than there once were. Why is this so, and what does it mean? Do you think newspapers are still relevant? Do you think there is still a future for newspapers as we know them? Often newspapers themselves are controversial--some people love a particular paper, while others dislike it…lots! How do you feel about your newspaper?In ALL THE NEWS, a project that will run from now through December, Latitude Artist Community will examine newspapers--from large metro daily newspapers to weekly alternatives to Xeroxed school newspapers and Latitude artists will create an enormous mural-sized newspaper and contribute to “Manchester Street Stories,” a book Latitude is creating on its Manchester Street neighborhood.
The local community will be invited to participate in a number of public lunchtime discussions featuring local journalists, newspaper photographers, and cartoonists, who will address issues, related to the role of newspapers in today’s culture, and facilitate workshops devoted to learning about the fundamentals of their craft.With this project Latitude Artist Community will address the essential function and purpose of the printed newspaper: communicating and sharing the ideas, opinions and current pre occupations of our community; in other words, ALL THE NEWS.