The Southern Newspaper Publishers Association is seeking the best and the brightest takes on what “newspapers” will look like in 10 years. The SNPA is looking for “revolutionary inventions that connect and engage readers by redefining how news is presented.”
Anyone can enter. The cash prize for the winning entry is $2,000. Deadline for entries is September 15, 2007.
As the contest rules advise, money isn’t a consideration, nor is technology only currently available. The newspaper of 2017 could be distributed on electronic paper. The SNPA is looking for innovative ideas, not business plans. The contest is seeking to push newspapers to imagine new concepts and propel them into stimulating debates.
Here’s how we will play: With your posts, let’s crowdsource a 2017 news publication. Let’s build on each other’s ideas and comments. If we are coherent enough, I will pull together a submission and send it in. If we aren’t, it will have been a useful exercise, forcing us as it will to consider the limitations of contemporary media and news publications, and to contemplate where technologies (Wimax, mobile Web, etc.) are taking us. First one to wade into the idea pool gets a Peppermint Patty.
(What happens if we win? We’ll split the money!)