Apple iPad cuts paper waste - News Station replaces paper with iPad
To reduce the cost of printing and the amount of paper needed for scripts, WXFL television station in Albany, GA, has issued Apple iPads to their news anchors instead, explaining that using this 'paperless' technology can cut $2,000 from their monthly budget. The news director of WXFL, Terry Graham, explains that the iPads can interface directly with the AP News Center and email stories directly to their iPad subscribers.
Finding the appropriate application to enable the anchors to intuitively navigate their iPad scripts was the biggest challenge, and the solution was installation of a $7 application called iAnnotate, which allows iPad users to highlight and annotate articles. With a cost of just $499 to $599 for each iPad, the savings will quickly add up, and the portability and intuitiveness of the notebook sized device gives the users greater flexibility in the field and removes clutter from their workspace.
Graham said the iPads allow both the support staff and the anchors to maintain a natural flow of information that shapes their on-air scripts. Besides the cost saving factors and environmental considerations, he has been impressed with the "greater sense of connectivity" that "brings those using the iPads much closer to information."
So just how much paper will the Apple iPad save WXFL? According to PoynterOnline, this is the image that WXFL sent them showing the amount of paper they use on one day. Pretty impressive.