Images on the rise…shape of reporting and policies to come?

ISPIM opening keynotePowerpoint shows are no longer decks of data and words. Images are on the rise. Right brain engagement (images, gestalt) is surpassing left brain (written words, sequential) dominance. This is occurring in newspapers too. This clip from a recent Wired magazine article may foretell the future direction for of newspaper reporting content.

Imagine this is your business. Work with me here. What in your environment is getting tired, maybe outdated that could use a little spring cleaning lift? How might you transform an old way of doing something into a brand new one that is more entertaining and relevant in today’s milieu? How might you, for example, put pictures to policy to make it easier to read and understand? Think the lawmakers would be open to making a few adjustments? Wonder how the Charter of Rights and Freedoms would look in manga/anime…

From Wired Magazine

Japan is newspaper-crazy. Its biggest daily, Yomiuri Shimbun, has 10 times the circulation of The New York Times. For now, at least. Just as in the US, young people in Japan aren’t reading newspapers as often as their parents. But the Japanese have a solution: Manga No Shimbun (Manga Newspaper), an online outfit that covers the week’s events in comic book form. These aren’t the funnies or political cartoons—they’re actual news articles about everything from foreign policy to pop culture to murder trials. The site employs more than 100 manga artists to cover breaking stories, updating 10 or 15 times a day. Graphic style varies—some pieces are in color, others black-and-white; some are realistic, some exaggeratedly kawaii (cute).

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