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    Default Irish Times gets nip, tuck & Botox treatment

    The Irish Times gets a new look from tomorrow.

    The newspaper, whose presentation had grown noticeably stale, gets a fancy makeover. It is due to lose an inch off its waist, with the page size becoming noticeably smaller, and it gets a sleeker image and layout.

    But that's not all, the paper is also going to get a new journalistic focus. The Times will, according to the editor, Kevin O'Sullivan, engage in more investigative reporting:

    'Irish Times' to change in look and size - The Irish Times - Sat, Nov 03, 2012

    Exciting and all that this is, you have to ask, is this really what the Times should be focusing its resources upon? If you search the press release the words web, website or internet do not appear once. Does anyone else find this odd?

    The future for newspapers is online. Getting that right, not the dead wood part of the business, is what the Irish Times should be pumping its money into.

    Maybe the management of the paper realise this. As is, the Irish Times website is one of the finest in the country. But it's because of its content, not its style. It remains a plane jane newspaper website. Additionally, the mobile phone and tablet apps are pitiful.

    If the Times wants to attract and hold readers it's these corners of the business that it needs to pump resources, not fancy redesigns of the newspaper that will probably only alienate its core readership who are holding out against reading it off a screen, namely elderly viscounts and crossword aficionados.

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    That David Cochrane fella will probably have gone and changed the place; making it all green and white with emoticons all over the shop.
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    Does the new look IT address the question...."why did the IT resuscitate the career of a pariah and parasite like Peter McLoone.
    The more things change....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Munnkeyman View Post
    That David Cochrane fella will probably have gone and changed the place; making it all green and white with emoticons all over the shop.
    And a Zoo for any stories that reporters nab from the Independent.
    Boycott the "Irish" Sun rag.

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    A New News Supplement to the Property Paper.....
    Coveney's ambition is the be Ireland's next EU Commissar and Ireland will pay a price as he builds his CV to position himself sufficiently loyal to the nEU empire.

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    Here's hoping they ditch the lifestyle porn circle jerk that is most of the weekend magazine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruserious View Post
    And a Zoo for any stories that reporters nab from the Independent.
    I doubt he has the same ego in Tara St than he had here.

    Although, of course, he hasn't gone way you know.

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    Wonder if they'll overhaul the technology section and get rid of the clueless and replace them with some people who know their stuff? The big problem for the IT is simply content. The newspaper has too many wafflers and not enough real reporters. Until it manages to address that imbalance, there is nowhere else but down for that publication.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertW View Post
    I doubt he has the same ego in Tara St than he had here.

    Although, of course, he hasn't gone way you know.
    You are banned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Houyhnhnm View Post
    The Irish Times gets a new look from tomorrow.
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    Exciting and all that this is, you have to ask, is this really what the Times should be focusing its resources upon? If you search the press release the words web, website or internet do not appear once. Does anyone else find this odd?

    The future for newspapers is online. Getting that right, not the dead wood part of the business, is what the Irish Times should be pumping its money into.
    They already have gone down the online route - and they pumped resources into it.

    A mistadventure that could be termed my(money)hole dot ie.....
    Coveney's ambition is the be Ireland's next EU Commissar and Ireland will pay a price as he builds his CV to position himself sufficiently loyal to the nEU empire.

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