The first paperless paper?

There’s been a lot of speculation on the eclipse of the print newspaper by the net. Few reckon it is going to come anytime soon, but here’s one online newspaper project to keep an eye on, if only to see whether there is a viable financial model that can sustain good journalism on line. Thanks to Barbara for the heads up!The Belgian daily De Tijd:

…from April 2006, 200 subscribers will be able to start the day by connecting a portable electronic device supplied by De Tijd to the internet and start downloading their daily paper. Updates will be automatic during the day, if subscribers have access to wireless technology.

The electronic newspaper costs an astronomical 400 Euro – but those who sign up for the experiment are not being charged. The assumption is, however, that costs will come down when the electronic daily goes into mass production.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty