The I is a sister newspaper to the Independent retailing at 40p. I have read the Independent only a couple of times in my life so approached I without any preconceptions about what it might be like. Its tagline of "Your essential daily briefing" combined with that low price made me pick it up. I also noticed it had a banner across the top saying that it was Newspaper of the year but that didn't sway me as I have no idea how such things are voted on or by who.
The first pages inside the paper are called the News Matrix and contain one paragraph stories. These come from both Britain and the rest of the world. Many of them have a page number at the end if you want to read a longer version of the story. The business section has its own matrix at the beginning. There is also an Opinion Matrix. This takes 6 current stories and for each gives you a an opinion quote on it from two other news organizations. The stories and opinions are both from Britain and elsewhere.
On page three there is every day a page three profile of someone making the news.
I love codeword puzzles so was pleased to find one inside. There is in fact a double page spread of puzzles inside which I had not expected in a concise newspaper. I had not heard of many of the puzzle types but there is the familiar cryptic crosswords, Sudoku ("easier" and "harder" ones") and basic crossword. Puzzle lovers would love I.
The back section is for sports. I was disappointed at the very little news from the Us Open Tennis but realised that was probably due to awkward time difference s between the USA and here. Other than Men's football, Men's rugby got the best coverage when I looked at the paper.
There is also TV and radio listings for the main channels, art and travel sections, a letters page, short point of view pieces etc. I recommended I to others when I read it because of its short but detailed stories especially. I get it most days now.
The 'i' Newspaper was first published in October 2010.
At 20p on a weekday and 30p on a Saturday this is the cheapest daily newspaper I can see on the stands in Birmingham. There is also an web based subscription - which I have not tried - as like to read a newspaper properly.
The "I" based on and owned by Independent newspaper. It has a similar feel, has the "I" to the Independent - that can tell it is the same brand.
This is a smaller paper than then Independent, so a quicker read. Which is an appeal - as I can read it at work during breaks and on the way home when travel by train/bus. - There also seem more adverts which must go towards the cost of the publication.
Both news and sport are well covered. I like the brief but up to date discussion on the main news of the day... there is also a great part which coverers some bits that the other main newspapers are talking about.
Sport, football of course plus cricket and other sports are well presented - with good reporting of the games. There is also a good what's on section which includes that days television.
The "I" Newspaper is cheap - yes but is at the same time high standard publication. This can be read quickly - this suits a commuter. The Saturday edition goes into a little more depth some of the stories and gives a good introduction to the sporting events that will take place over the weekend.
A good value newspaper which I enjoy reading.
Since the 'i' Newspaper was released in October 2010, I have nearly purchased it every day. The newspaper is owned by the Independent but I find it more interesting and much better value than the original paper. The newspaper costs 20p Monday to Friday and from 2011, a large Saturday edition was launched, costing 30p but you can also buy pre-paid subscription vouchers which work out cheaper over 1 year. For exactly half the price of The Sun, you get a quality newspaper written in an iconic and slightly quirky way featuring stories which do not appear in the other newspapers. The paper is also quick to read and I guess it was designed to appeal to commuters who would otherwise pick up a free paper as they do not have the time to read a full version of the Independent.
One thing I really like about the 'i' is the news and sport 'matrix' at the start of the paper, outlining all of the main stories featured inside.
Overall, I would recommend purchasing the i over the other quality newspapers, mainly because of its great value for money but also its engaging writing style.