Cal State Long Beach’s Daily 49er now available for download from iTunes
2009-12-31 · By Editor
The Daily 49er readers have long been able to get their news on paper and online, and now they can be the first news media consumers in the country to get daily downloads from iTunes.
Readers of the student daily newspaper at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) can get their campus news, 49er sports, entertainment and opinion on their computers after the college daily started making PDFs available on iTunes this semester. Journalism professor at the university, Danny Paskin has researched hundreds of news sites and found no other daily print newspaper, professional or student, that put its pages on iTunes.
“Although there’s been a lot of discussion among professionals and scholars alike about newspapers on iTunes, my research has shown no daily-published newspaper that has actually done it,” said Paskin. “We hope our project, the process and the barriers we overcame to make it work, can serve as an example for other publications to follow.”
Taking advantage of the unique capabilities iTunes offers, readers can either download individual editions of the newspaper, or can also choose “subscribe,” which automatically downloads the new editions to iTunes daily as they become available. Readers can go to http://www.daily49er.com/ iTunes to read instructions on how to automatically download news to their computers through iTunesU.
Readers can get two versions — a PDF identical to the print edition, or a plain text version that’s easier for dial-up and slower connections. The text version also allows visually-impaired readers to use a screen reader.
“As students, we are always looking for new ways to reach our technologically-advanced readers,” said Daily 49er Editor in Chief Joanne Tucker. “And while it adds that extra 10 minutes of work at the end of the night, being able to reach a diverse audience is our main goal and reasoning for going onto iTunesU.”
The Daily 49er, which turns 60 this year, has long been a pioneer in digital media. It was one of the first college papers to establish a Web edition when it went online in 1994.
“Students are moving ahead with a redesigned newspaper, an enhanced Web site and the Beach News webcasts,” said 49er content adviser Barbara Kingsley-Wilson. “Now the Daily 49er can expand its audience through iTunesU.”
Walter Gajewski and Leslie Kennedy of CSULB’s Academic Technology assisted with the project, along with Paskin, Tucker and Online Editor Robert Grimmick.
“Our department is thrilled to work with academic technology on iTunesU and other multimedia projects,” said Journalism Department Chair Raul Reis. “We will continue to enhance the experience for our student journalists and for the campus community.”