My camera is died. Here’s what the Ceylon Today website looks like.
I was buying some papaya and I saw the new newspaper, Ceylon Today. This is in Dehiwela, so at least their distribution works. How does it look? Kinda crap. Ugly logo, at least twelve fonts/weights on the first page, complete waste on of the second page on flight schedules and numbered court cases. How does it read? Kinda meh. It reads like a Sunday paper on Monday, which is kinda cool, but nothing special so far.
The Daily Mirror is the English paper of record. It rarely tells you anything you don’t know, but it tells it non-offensively. Ceylon Today is ugly, but they had a few interesting stories – Karu and Ranil beefing, tourist raped for being a lesbian (old story, and extremely unusual I might add), a biography of JR. The front page, however, was dull. I only picked it up because the paper itself is new, not the news.
The story about CCTV cameras is old and ‘City Under Surveillance’ is hardly news. They did have a tidbit in that the cameras have facial recognition, but that was buried, in some unspeakable papyrus font I might add. The paper also comes with a financial supplement which is printed on yellowish stock that immediately makes it look old. That does have cartoons.
Word on the street is that Tiran Alles started this and a range of multilingual papers with leftover money from Sarath Fonseka’s Presidential campaign. Bit douchey while the man is in jail, but OK. Their ad count doesn’t look profitable yet, but they have got a new newspaper together, no mean feat. I wish them good luck and godspeed.
I won’t pick up the print edition again, but I don’t pick up any print editions. I also won’t read the website, because it’s ugly. I am, however, following the Twitter feed, because they (Dinidu De Alwis I think, quite capable) had great reporting during the budget debate and I think they’re doing quite well there. Let’s see if the rest improves.