…if you are in Halifax

 Blades for Vestas V90 wind turbines being built in St. Lawrence, Newfoundland.

Here is a link to my Halifax Chronicle-Herald story on the joint NL Hydro, Newind wind energy project being built in St. Lawrence, Newfoundland. Another is scheduled for Fermeuse, this summer.

The Toronto Star stories by Linda Diebel are online today also. The online content of both of these papers change quickly so the links may only be available for a couple of days.

Much to the scorn of many of my fellow “seasoned” print media journalists, I firmly believe that the days of the printed newspaper are numbered and the Internet is the future for news and journalism. One newspaper in the USA has already stopped printing its paper edition and moved entirely to an online format …and its much better and timely'…almost LIVE 24/7.
Newspapers won't die completely but I think they will be limited to very local and specialized content. That said, I have seen the paper version of both of these stories mentioned and it is still a much better presentation medium than their online siblings.

Web presentation has certainly gotten much better since the days of black text on a gray page, but the design and layout of text, images and graphics in print media still kicks the ass of online services. There are a few factors contributing to this next barrier for online publications. One, is technology is still run by “geeks” …and I use that term lovingly. Tech people run technology, they are not designers or visual artists and seldom journalists. Technology comes first and in many cases the technology, in the form of the content management systems that handle the huge amount of data on the major news websites, does not lend itself to the aesthetics of design. These are not your mom's family website or blogging hobby.

…but it is the future. Embrace it. It'll look better as it matures.