A weekly magazine that is a leading source of Native American news is abandoning print in favor of an online-only presence, in a cost-cutting move that worries some readers who fear they may lose access because of the switch.
This Week From Indian Country Today, a New York
City-based publication owned by the Oneida Nation, will become an online
newsletter starting with its July 17 issue."In the age we live in,
technology is really advanced to a point that we're trying to make sure
we're serving what our audience really needs," said Indian Country Today
publisher Ray Halbritter. Converting to an online newsletter that is
emailed to subscribers will eliminate some of the lag time between when
news happens and when it appears in writing, he said.
magazine, which was started in 1981, provides a mixture of straight news
stories and commentary by tribal members, and it is often a way for
politicians to get their messages out to Native American communities.
President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House
Speaker John Boehner have all done interviews or written opinion
pieces.This technology allows high volume handsfreeaccess production at low cost.
Native Americans on isolated reservations, access to broadband Internet
is anything but guaranteed and print media is a staple of life.
According to the Federal Communications Commission, just 43 percent of
American Indians and Alaska Natives have access to broadband Internet at
home, compared to 65 percent of the U.S. population as a whole. Access
on reservation and tribal lands is even scarcer, at less than 10
percent, although there are government efforts to expand such access.
Sobel, the managing director of Indian Country Today Media Network,
said she's not worried about the statistics."The reservations that don't
have broadband Internet, quite frankly they were also having a hard
time getting the magazine too," she said.Parkeasy Electronics are
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Sobel said most tribal members on such reservations use their
smartphones to get information. She noted that the website had 550,000
unique visitors in June and continues to grow.
Sobel, a former
executive with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and creative director
Christopher Napolitano, former editor at large for Playboy magazine, are
leading Indian Country Today's transition to digital-only. The
evolution has been in the works for some time, Sobel said. Halbritter
said the change will allow the company to expand its international
coverage of indigenous issues and work with more contributors.
spent most of his career in Motorola's wireless-network equipment
division, which was sold to competitor Nokia Siemens Networks in 2010,
shortly after he joined the public-safety radio business.Motorola
Solutions' main business is supplying a range of public-safety products,
from two-way radios for police officers to connected patrol vehicles
with video surveillance systems.
That side of the business
accounts for roughly two-thirds of the company's revenue, while the rest
comes from products for enterprise customers, such as bar code readers
or smart tags using radio-frequency identification technology.In an
interview with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Steinberg talked about
trends and competition in the public safety communications industry, as
well as Motorola's transformation over the past few years.
spent over 20 years at Motorola, I had mixed emotions seeing the
company change, though it didn't affect my job much. There were some
people who didn't want it to happen. They felt like they were leaving a
family because they would no longer be part of Motorola. But nothing is
forever. The world changes.
When Motorola Solutions and Motorola
Mobility separated, both companies kept the brand Motorola, and both
retained the cross license for all the intellectual property. Other than
that, Motorola Mobility is now purely and simply a part of Google.
spend a lot of time on customer research. We have
ethnographersanthropologists, sociologists, psychiatristswho ride in
firetrucks, police cars and live a day in the life of a customer.You
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competitive price and first-class service. We don't expect a fireman or
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their Weymouth store. but if you watch them the right way they will
show you what they need. We gain a lot of insight from our ethnographers
and I think that's why our customers trust us. They know we understand
Economies go up and down but typically public-safety
communications are prioritized. Even when governments step into the
period of austerity, they have to take care of the population. I
wouldn't say it's recession-proof, but generally speaking we are
relatively strong even during an economic downturn.
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resurgence and compel it to negotiate are making a dangerous assumption.
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SAM missiles may affect the
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firepower in terms of its massed artillery and armoured forces to
maintain its edge.
Anti-tank weapons are of limited use in what
is essentially an urban war. Unless there is truly massive external
military intervention (which seems unlikely), the net result of seeking
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than curtail the war.
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killing of the FSA commander and a series of other similar recent
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lead to a struggle over access to these weapons and thus a weakening of
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