A 'Manual' for Future Newspapers Culled From the Past

Brit Editor's One-Off Handmade Newspaper Tries to Transcend Tishwrap

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Richard Addis, an British editor whose resume includes senior roles at The Express, The Globe and Mail and the Financial Times, pulled off an interesting experiment. He and his team created a four-page hand-crafted newspaper called "The Manual" and distributed it to 100 or so lucky Londoners. According to its website, which doesn't contain the contents of the paper, the team hopes "to show that handmade qualities can transform newspapers from 'junk' to collectable." In other words, it's a twist on the common insight that magazines, to survive in a digital age, can't just be about the information they provide. They have to become desirable objects in and of themselves. So too must newspapers.

Whether "The Manual" will see its second edition remains to be seen. "What do we want to achieve?" reads the website. "In our wildest dreams we would find a sponsor that wanted to produce a paper like this regularly. Otherwise we are happy simply to have done it once and worked with so many talented and generous illustrators and printers."
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