Proposal for Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Hardcopy Newsstand, a constructed mobile newsstand featuring Queens neighborhoods newspapers.  The newsstand could be parked in various places in Flushing Meadows Corona Park near the Queens Museum for a number of weekend days.  The project would include making contact with local newspapers and matchmaking story suggestions from the suggestion box.

I grew up in a small town with an active local newspaper.  For years, my sister subscribed to it from the West Coast.  I live in Sunnyside and fell in love with the Woodside Herald, serving the Sunnyside and Woodside areas.  I was interested in it for several reasons; as a local interested in the characteristics and events of my neighborhood, the way it frames micro vs. macro issues in the New York City context, and the visual storytelling through pictures of participants in local events. 

Much as the content of these newspapers highlight micro-macro perspectives on urban issues, their material experience (picking them up at the local grocery stores) highlights bigger issues about the news publishing industry and the changes it is undergoing.  I feel like the contact with a material newspaper is becoming exotic even as it is becoming nostalgic.  I’d like to reframe the “crowd sourcing” or “user-experience” agenda in internet journalism into a concrete, material experience.