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Internet killed the newspaper star?

There’s a lot of hype about how the internet is killing off the print industry. Which there may well be some truth in, if you’re a major newspaper publisher. But there’s also amazing innovation in print which is being fuelled by the internet.

I’m sure the fine folks behind Newspaper Club would agree.

Particularly awesome is how the immediacy of web publishing and democracy of social content sharing is brought to life in print – creating entirely new forms of publishing altogether.

None typifies this more so than the utterly fabulous Strange Light magazine. Over the last few days, a massive dust storm has been sweeping across the south east coast of Australia. It’s pretty bloody strange. Lots of people took some truly fantastic photos, and shared them on Flickr.

And then two days later Strange Light magazine, showcasing some of this beautiful photography in real-life-you-can-actually-touch-it-on-gorgeous-paper-actual-print, was available to buy online via MagCloud, thanks to the enterprising Derek Powazek (and the many photographers who contributed).

From real life, to digital photographs, shared online, curated and created into into a physical product, available to buy online. In under two days. [Update: check out Derek's blog post: How to Publish a Magazine in a Day and a Half.]

Equally impressive is Ketlai’s While We Were Here, a newspaper produced to document the Greenbelt Festival, on site, while the Festival was taking place. Which festivalgoers could contribute to, then read it online, and take home a physical artifact as a souvenir. All within the space of a weekend (albeit with a hell of a lot of pre planning!)

Or Berg’s fantastic The Incidental – a “feedback loop made out of paper and human interactions – timebound, situated and circulating in a place.” An awesome effort, like Ketlai’s While We Were Here, it served as “both service and souvenir”.

The always-perspicacious Roo Reynolds just tweeted a thoroughly astute observation which I think sums this up brilliantly:

As a rather impressive orator told us last year: change is coming.

Print isn’t dead. It’s just changing.