Darren

Will digital newspapers edge out print?

Thanks Don for a good article! I am fairly software/Internet/website savvy, and state with fairly good confidence, the San Diego Union Tribune homepage, is one of the worst designs, and operationally is is just not good. It may have been improved recently, but I pretty much stopped landing on that site about six months ago. It was slow, it would crash, you'd get banner ads covering your headlines or content. I've tried it with Firefox, Chrome and Dolphin, and on my laptop, tablet and phone, with similar results. Then the way they format news categories and news items, is really bad, and they do not prioritize the proper news items by relevance or impact. The old UT-San Diego was better, and even the former Sign-Up San Diego was better than the home site today. If I want to see local breaking news, I go to my phone app, usually for KGTV-10, which seems to update their station/news app fairly quickly. Last I checked, the San Diego U-T does not have an app for my phone. The other day a lady from San Diego U-T (or a contractor) was outside the Santee Grocery Outlet. She tried harder than a good used car salesman, to engage me in conversation and sell me a subscription to the print edition that seemed very inexpensive, if I subscribed to the digital subscription too. I thought it was the other way around, but I had to cut her off and tell her I absolutely would not buy anything because she was using every sales tactic to overcome any objections. The only thing she did not do is extend a stripper's pole and start dancing.
— November 18, 2016 7:16 p.m.

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