The death of Steve Jobs rocked the nation on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011. The co-founder of Apple
, passed away at the age of 56 from a rare form of pancreatic cancer called pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer, which produces islet cell or neuroendocrine tumors. Those who have this form of cancer are expected to live as long as 20 years after the initial diagnosis. Jobs was taken from the world incredibly too early.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
immediately released a brief statement
with a photo gallery
of Jobs followed by a three page article
on the matter. Respectfully announcing his death and describing his accomplishments and technological progression Jobs brought to the world wide web and mobile devices. The article, written by Jordan Robertson of the Associate Press, said:
"The news Apple fans and shareholders had been dreading came the day after Apple unveiled its latest version of the iPhone, just one procession of devices that shaped technology and society while Jobs was running the company."
The Inquirer also posted a video
of Jobs giving the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Stanford University
shortly after releasing the article as well as a timeline of Jobs' life
Jobs began Apple with a high school friend in Silicon Valley in the year 1976. He was forced out of the company almost a decade later after someone he brought into Apple appeared to be a better fit according to the rest of the company. Jobs returned in 1997 to rescue the company after his involvement and expansion of NeXT and Pixar. From 1997 to his last days Jobs developed Apple into the most valuable technology company in the world. The market value of Apple is $351 billion. Jobs produced one sensational product after another in his years at Apple, despite his own declining health and recession.
Philly.com has done a wonderful job in reporting on the death of Steve Jobs and his accomplishments in a variety of ways. The Arts & Entertainment
section created a slideshow
of photos of celebrities and their tweets regarding their initial reaction to Jobs' death. Many recounted his humor, ambition and impact he has left on the world.
The days following Jobs' death came opinionated
articles, a staff editorial
questioning if there will be another Steve Jobs and various updates on Jobs' death and legacy. Articles have continued to be published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, however, on Friday and Saturday Jobs was no longer a front page story with a photo, but someone you had to search the website for. We will see if this continues tomorrow.
Today on Philly.com, columnist Karen Heller and her article
on Steve Jobs was listed under "Featured Columns and Blogs of Philly.com," at the bottom of the website. The article addressed Jobs' drive and human innovation he provided the world. Heller quoted Jobs' commencement address at the 2005 Stanford University graduation.
"'You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.'"
Heller described Jobs' actions as turning the ugly into the beautiful. "Jobs made the essential gorgeous, modern, and playful," Heller wrote. "You have a phone; you lust for an iPhone. You crave the iPad with its clear, dazzling design that makes Nook and Kindle look small and dated. Nobody drools over a Dell."
Heller's column was the only sign that news of Jobs' death was ever covered on Philly.com. A few hours after reading the column it was replaced on the webpage by Jeff Gelles, a business columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and his article
on Wall Street. The coverage of Jobs' death was a job well done by Philly.com. I applaud the effort and increase in live and consistent updates they completed, I just wish it had not ended so early.