Tue, Feb 06, 2007 - Page 14 News List

World's oldest paper ceases to be on paper 全球最古老報紙 紙版停刊

The Mar. 31 1835 issue of the world's oldest paper shown with the last printed one, bottom.
全球最古老報紙的1835年3月31日號:下方是最後一份紙版報紙。 (照片:法新社)


The oldest newspaper in the world, Sweden's Post och Inrikes Tidningar, has ended its run as a print publication and will be published exclusively on the Internet.

The Post och Inrikes Tidningar (PoIT) — or Post and Domestic Newspaper — was founded in 1645 by Queen Christina, and became a staple for readers throughout Sweden from the late 17th century to the 18th century.

But as other newspapers came on the market, PoIT's readership dwindled, and by the 1900s PoIT's was primarily dedicated to announcements from companies listed on the stock exchange and financial and legal institutions.

Despite the fact that the paper has not covered news stories for over 100 years, the World Association of Newspapers recognizes PoIT as the world's oldest still in publication.

The electronic format, launched on Jan. 1, remains the official news organ of the government — a role enshrined in Swedish law — as it has been since the 17th century.

"The change in format is of course a major departure, for some possibly a little sad, but it is also a natural step," said PoIT's new editor-in-chief Roland Haegglund.

Haegglund believes that the move to the Internet will breathe new life into the paper.

"It will definitely widen our readership. Now anyone with Internet access can read PoIT free of charge," said Haegglund, the sole full-time employee of the paper since its incorporation into Bolagsverket, the Swedish Companies Registration Office, at the beginning of the year.

"You couldn't just chance upon the print version. Now everyone has the chance to be informed."

(Catherine Thomas,Staff writer, with afp)



Today's Words 今天單字

1. staple n.

主食 (zhu3 shi2)

例: Rice is a staple food in Taiwan.


2. dwindle v.t.

減少 (jian2 shao3)

例: Student numbers are dwindling in rural schools.


3. enshrine v.t.

珍藏 (zhen1 cang2),銘記 (ming2 ji4)

例: Her memory is forever enshrined in my heart.


4. sole adj.

唯一的 (wei2 yi1 de5)

例: A seven-year-old boy was the sole survivour of the plane crash.










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