Over: Dose


Dose, my third-favourite free daily paper, is going away. Why did it end? I think that article in 24 gets the key reason right: it wasn’t really a local paper. The other parts are that the paper looked incredibly ugly, and the articles were largely stupid: short and badly written. The website will live on, but who cares?

Bye Dose. Be sure to remove your newspaper boxes by the end of the month, okay?

5 Comments so far

  1. Jenny Lee Silver (unregistered) on May 18th, 2006 @ 10:45 am

    The few times I picked up Dose, I rather liked it. Some of the articles were clever. Some of the issues were also clever. But clever only gets you so far, I think.

  2. Ryan Cousineau (unregistered) on May 18th, 2006 @ 12:56 pm

    I know what you mean, and they certainly had their moments when it came to covering hipster-rrific pop culture.

    But they did that inconsistently, their good articles were not as common as their bad articles, and I found myself in the funny position of desperately wanting to like Dose, but feeling that while the concept was reasonable, the execution (and in this I include the design, the production values, the editing, and even the poor quality of the crossword puzzle) was.

    The pathetic local-city coverage they tried to paste into each issue only emphasized how non-local the paper was. You just got a map with several things-to-do for that day, and they were mostly upcoming music performances. It doesn’t help that I basically don’t go to pop or contemporary music performances, myself.

  3. Travis (unregistered) on May 18th, 2006 @ 7:54 pm

    Fabulous headline! But sad news — Dose was actually my favorite.

  4. Jonathon Narvey (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2006 @ 1:11 am

    And then there were two…

    Too many lame articles plus college campus quality layout minus any real need for another lefty entertainment-focused paper amongst the Georgia Straight and Westender equals failure.

    Jenny Silver is absolutely right – There were actually a few decent issues with some interesting feature articles, but no consistency. So sad.

  5. Ryan Cousineau (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2006 @ 12:22 pm

    You know what I think we’re getting at, here? The problem with Dose was that it had some great story ideas, but pretty bad stories. One thing I noticed was that they seemed to do interesting articles that were just too short.

    Sure, that’s a difficulty of the genre, especially when you’re trying to make something that might be called “a newspaper, only shorter!”

    The admirable thing about Dose is that it really took a different route than the other two papers, which together seemed to be the logical extension of tabloid dailies: shorter, sweeter, and with better colour (it’s a bit odd that both of the surviving free dailies are using tangibly better paper quality than any of the traditional dailies in town). Dose, was instead noticeably worse in paper quality, but the real difference was that it tried to do miniaturized magazine-style features; newspaper-as-blog, perhaps.

    For all that, I don’t mourn Dose much. Whatever worthy concept was there, the execution was seriously absent. My impression that Dose was designed from end to end as the cheapest possible way for Global to enter the free-daily market: non-timely content, no local content, incredibly cheap ink and paper.

    In the end, it was too cheap to be good. And it takes something pretty cheap for me to say that.

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