================================================================================ "NEWS ON DEMAND" SERIES PRODUCERS: NINA ZACUTO and ALAN KAUL NEWS IS GOING TO BE DELIVERED IN THE THIS SEGMENT: NINA ZACUTO EDITOR: STEPHANIE LONGMIRE ANCHOR: BRIAN WILLIAMS TONIGHT, THE THIRD REPORT IN OUR WEEK-LONG SERIES "ALMOST 2001." MOST PEOPLE FIND OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE WORLD WHEN THE EVENING NEWS IS BROADCAST.. OR WHEN THE NEWSPAPER IS DELIVERED. BUT INTERACTIVE TELEVISION AND ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING ARE PART OF THE INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY WE'VE BEEN HEARING A LOT ABOUT.. AND ARE EVEN NOW GIVING SOME PEOPLE NEWS ON DEMAND. NBC'S GEORGE LEWIS REPORTS. ================================================================================ NARRATION: GEORGE LEWIS PRESS RUN SAN JOSE MERCURY (NATSOT--presses rolling for a few seconds, and then under) (NARR) AT THE SAN JOSE MERCURY-NEWS, THEY'RE STILL PUTTING OUT THE PAPER THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY, 345-THOUSAND OF THEM ON WEEKDAYS. MERCURY CENTER ON COMPUTER SCREEN BUT THEY'RE ALSO TRYING OUT SOMETHING COMPTLELY NEW HERE, CALLED "MERCURY CENTER." NEWS, DELIVERED TO COMPUTER USERS VIA PHONE LINES THAT PEOPLE CAN DIAL IN TO. ANY OF THE 500-THOUSAND PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE AMERICA ON-LINE COMPUTER SERVICE CAN READ IT. BOB INGLE--EXECUTIVE EDITOR (SOT) "One of the tremendous advantages that a computer-based system has over physical product is that it's basically limitless. It's the never-ending newspaper, if you will." WOMAN AT TERMINAL (NARR) SUBSCRIBERS TO THE ELECTRONIC NEWSPAPER WITH "READ MORE" EDITION CAN LOOK UP FULL TEXTS OF INPUT CODE ON SCREEN SPEECHES AND ARTICLES THAT GET CROWDED OUT THE REGULAR PAPER. READERS CAN ALSO SEND ELECTRONIC MAIL TO EDITORS AND REPORTERS. GAY CRAWFORD AT HOME GAY CRAWFORD, A VOLUNTEER WITH THE LOCAL BRANCH OF THE CANCER SOCIETY, SAYS SHE HAS SEVERAL ELECTRONIC PEN PALS ON THE NEWSPAPER STAFF. GAY SPEAKS (SOT) "It's so immediate and it's so easy to use. You don't have to be a very formal letter writer, you don't have to address this person, you don't have to fill out an envelope and do the stamp, you just do your casual little `hello' and `this is what I think,' and sign your name and it's done." MITCH KAPOR-- It actually creates a kind of leveling ELECTRONIC FRONTIER between the reporters and the editors FOUNDATION and the audience because it becomes more of a two-way conversation." LEWIS ON-CAMERA BRIDGE (SOT) "At last count, about 100 WITH U.S. NEWS PRINTING OUT newspapers and magazines have started ON COMPUTER SCREEN publishing electronic editions, available via computer. More are joining every day. One thing they're finding is that young readers, who have been turned off by traditional media, are plugging in. PHILLIP ELMER-DEWITT-- (SOT) "There's a generation of kids TIME MAGAZINE growing up who just don't have the news reading habit and certainly don't have the newsmagazine reading habit. But they are computer literate... KIDS LOOKING UP (V.O.) "A lot of them are very STUFF ON COMPUTERS comfortable with the computer networks. MONTAGE OF MAGAZINES AND And in their own way, they've become NEWSPAPERS ON-SCREEN sort-of information junkies." (NARR) WHILE TIME AND U.S. NEWS ARE DELIVERED THROUGH PHONE LINES BEFORE THE REGULAR EDITION HIT THE STREETS, NEWSWEEK PUBLISHES AN ELECTRONIC EDITION QUARTERLY ON COMPACT DISCS, CALLED "CD-ROMS." "NEWSWEEK INTERACTIVE" DEMO NEWSWEEK INTERACTIVE, LETS READERS MANIPULATE TEXT, PICTURES, SOUNDS AND EVEN SHORT VIDEO CLIPS PLAYED ON THEIR COMPUTER SCREENS. (NATSOT---a few seconds of "Newsweek Interactive" playing on computer screen.) HEWLETT-PACKARD DEMO (NARR) A NUMBER OF HIGH-TECH COMPANIES...LIKE HEWLETT-PACKARD...ARE WORKING ON MAKING TV MORE INTERACTIVE. HUGE STORAGE DEVICES WILL SPEW OUT VIDEO ON DEMAND. ONSCREEN MENU OF STORIES VIEWERS WILL BE ABLE TO SEE WHAT THEY WANT TO SEE...WHEN THEY WANT TO SEE IT...ANY HOUR OF THE DAY OR NIGHT. JIM OLSON-- (SOT) "By the turn of the century, by HEWLETT-PACKARD the year 2000, more than half of U.S. consumers will be using these types of products and services." MERCURY PRESSES RUNNING (NARR) NO ONE IS PREDICTING THE IMMINENT DEMISE OF NEWSPAPERS, OR MAGAZINES OR TV NETWORKS OR YOUR LOCAL STATION. BUT IT'S CLEAR THAT THE SYSTEM FOR DELIVERING NEWS TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS IS IN FOR SOME REVOLUTIONARY CHANGES. GEORGE LEWIS, NBC NEWS, SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA. ==================================================================== ANCHOR: BRIAN WILLIAMS AND FOR OUR VIEWERS WHO HAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET.. WE INVITE YOUR COMMENTS. THE ADDRESS FOR NBC NIGHTLY NEWS ON THE INTERNET IS "NIGHTLY AT NBC DOT COM." NO SPACES. WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU.