New York Times, August 19, 1912, page 5:
NEW JOURNALISTIC WONDERS PREDICTED
London Editor Says Every Reporter Will Have a Portable Wireless Telephone.
NEWS "LAID ON" IN HOMES
Improved Phonographs Will Recount the Events of the Day to a Public Too Lazy to Read.
Special Cable to THE NEW YORK TIMES.
LONDON, Aug. l8.--Robert Donald, editor of The Daily Chronicle and President of the Institute of Journalists, painted a striking picture of the newspaper of the future in his Presidential address at the annual meeting of the Institute to-day at York.
Mr. Donald said if he were to attempt to forecast the future he would say that newspapers would be fewer in number. The tendency toward combination would increase and colossal circulations would continue to grow. He added:
"The newspaper of the future will not contain less reading matter, but its pages will be smaller, methods of distribution will be quicker, and circulation will cover greater areas.
"Airships and aeroplanes will be used for the most distant centres. Electric trains and motorplanes running on special tracks will also be used. In all the chief centres of population papers will be distributed by electric or pneumatic tubes. Morning and evening newspapers will be merged and editions will come out almost every hour of the day and night.
"News will be collected by wireless telephones and a reporter will always have a portable telephone with him with which he will communicate with his paper without the trouble of going to a telephone. The wireless telephone messages will be delivered to the sub-editors in printed column form.
"At people's recreation halls, with the cinematograph and the gramophone or some other more agreeable instrument of mechanical speech, all the news of the day will be given hot from its source.
"People may become too lazy to read, and news will be laid on to house or office just as gas and water are now. Occupiers will listen to an account of the news of the day read to them by much-improved phonographs while sitting in the garden, or a householder will have his daily newspaper printed in column form by a printing machine in his hall just as we have tape machines in offices now."