I love the sensations a printed newspaper offers. The scent, the feel, the look of it. It’s part of the nostalgia that is print. Nostalgia? Yes, nostalgia. A printed newspaper is the way we used to read our news. For the first time ever, more people read their news online versus in print. All the fit-for-print news is now fit-for-digital too.
This finding is from recent Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism surveys that found 34% read news online within a 24 hour period before the survey, compared to 31% read newspapers. I know, it’s a slim margin… but it’s still a margin.
For me, it’s a question of convenience. A newspaper isn’t that practical anymore for me. When I can access the world’s news on my smartphone or Kindle, wherever I am, it doesn’t make sense to have the paper dropped at the end of my driveway anymore. I know a lot of you will disagree, but sooner or later, you’ll have to let go. Print is dying, a long, slow death. Just like Morse code, bunny ears, and typewriters, advancements in technology push out the old. [Read more…]