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feb 8, 2008, 6:42 am

Most of the people I work with are at least 20 years younger than me (I'm 48). I've noticed that they never read (print) newspapers - if they want some news, they go to the Internet. I'm also happy to look for news on the Internet, but I like to start the day by having breakfast and at least skimming the newspaper.

Is this a generational thing? Do other people in this group like reading newspapers? How about your children or your young colleagues?

(More generally, do your children or young colleagues like to read at all?)

feb 8, 2008, 7:53 am

No, I don't read newspapers. I get all my news online - no inky fingers!

feb 8, 2008, 8:06 am

I'm an on-liner too. I've got an RSS reader set up to collect the news from all the big papers and the local ones, then I skim the stories as I have my morning coffee. I can also get the local paper from my parents' town and keep up with what's happening back in Louisiana.

feb 8, 2008, 8:11 am

I have never regularly read a newspaper, even prior to the internet, but now that it's here, I take advantage. I was more of a TV news person prior to the internet.

feb 8, 2008, 8:17 am

I read my local gazette to get the scoop on what's happening in my neighborhood but for national news I use the net. As far as my kids, daughter 20 and son17, I don't think they've ever read a newspaper. My son does not read anything. He is a writer though. His creative writing teacher is amazed that he writes as well as he does with no reading under his belt. My daughter started out the same. She hated reading in high school. I am happy to say that she did come out of her shell. She became obsessed with Harry Potter. She is now into more crime/mystery/vampires, but I am just happy to say that she reads. She credits me with her love of reading but it wasn't me, it was that Potter kid. Still don't think she's ever touched a newspaper.

feb 8, 2008, 8:19 am

The Wall Street Journal. I have a hard time trying to read the online version, so for now I will stick to the paper.

feb 8, 2008, 9:38 am

Ooops - I almost posted - but then I realised I have to go look for the 50 LTers now!

feb 8, 2008, 10:06 am

Our newspaper subscription came due a few months ago and we decided not to renew (it helped that - that very same week - the newspaper stopped including a TV guide with the Sunday edition). It's taken some getting used to, but I have the local paper as my homepage at work, so I get the local and national headlines, and I've always listed to NPR on my drive to and from work. I mostly miss the comics and the hard copy sudoku and crossword.

feb 8, 2008, 12:18 pm

No, I rarely do anymore, I get my news mostly online or MSNBC nowadays with the election going on. Though we still have a subscription to the NY Times, my husband reads it on the train in the mornings, so I never see it except on the weekends (if I want to.)

feb 8, 2008, 12:45 pm

I guess that means Happy Birthday to XenaBallerina, and good luck with the old folks of the next decade...

My kids and I all read the paper every weekend -- comics, sports and coming events... anything else, like news, I see in b&w and think: that's old, saw it on Yahoo/Google/etc. yesterday!

feb 8, 2008, 1:20 pm

#8 - I mostly miss the comics and the hard copy sudoku... gets me my daily sudoku fix, and has all the comics I care about. I think you can get the NY Times crossword for free as well...

feb 8, 2008, 2:14 pm

Like senjmito I cannot imagine beginning the day without a rustle through the paper over a bowl of cereal. We get a national paper delivered daily and our local paper weekly, plus lazy Sunday papers dripping with supplements for weekend reading. My young colleague (20-something) is also a keen 'paper reader, to the point that she brings in cuttings if they are relevant to work.

I was feeling very nervous yesterday reading about electronic books - I cannot imagine reading a novel without the feel of a book in my hand, bending the pages back, smelling the fresh print (the glorious part of starting a brand new book!) and I suppose I never realised it but I feel the same way about my 'paper. I won't be giving it up any time soon.

feb 8, 2008, 3:58 pm

Thanks for your responses! Garry Trudeau, the cartoonist, being interviewed this morning on radio here in NZ, said that he thought print newspapers, and therefore editorial cartooning, were on the way out. If so, I will miss them.

A couple of articles I've read recently on the impact of digital media on 'traditional' media said that, while newspapers were suffering, the traditional paper book was still going strong, even among young people - there's been no mass uptake of ebook readers, and that didn't seem likely to change in the near future.


feb 8, 2008, 4:16 pm

>11 drneutron: Yeah, you can get comics and puzzles electronically, but I liked reading the comics while I was standing and waiting for the coffee to finish brewing. (I know, there are timers on those, too, but then the grounds aren't perfectly fresh.:)) And the puzzles - I would fold up the paper, curl up in my big leather chair and do in the evening after I got home and before I started dinner - doing them helped me transition from work mode to home mode. It's just not the same with a laptop . . . .

feb 9, 2008, 7:52 am

I'm a Wall Street Journal reader too. It's still a great newspaper (even for a liberal like me) (we'll see what it is a little bit longer into Russell Murdoch's stewardship, though.) Also, the Boston Sunday Globe when I can get it. My little town paper. That's it for me.

feb 9, 2008, 3:33 pm

I stopped getting the paper delivered about 10 or 15 years ago when most of the time it would get thrown away unread. I get some news off the net but usually I listen to NPR while driving or the NPR feed while doing things around the house.

feb 11, 2008, 10:30 am

# 12 - I was feeling very nervous yesterday reading about electronic books - I cannot imagine reading a novel without the feel of a book in my hand, bending the pages back, smelling the fresh print (the glorious part of starting a brand new book!)

There's nothing like curling up in your favorite chair or in bed with a bunch of pillows and reading a real book. Mmmmm....the smell of a bookstore or a library! Imagine if electronic books took over completely? Horrors! I've tried reading a book online and I end up getting a headache. No thank you!

feb 11, 2008, 8:41 pm

Plus, many books are art forms in themselves; how could an electronic version of Hamlet hope to compete with the Folio Society's letterpress edition--or and of the other fine editions of Shakespeare's works. Or the N.C. Wyeth illustrated edition of The Yearling (or Robinson Crusoe, or The Odyssey or just about any book he illustrated)? You're better off renting the movies.

feb 12, 2008, 3:14 pm

The only newspapers I read are the local ones. I read the one from my hometown and the town I live in now. Each paper is only published once a week. :)

I sometimes glance through a Sunday newspaper.

feb 19, 2008, 8:28 pm

My little home town puts out a weekly paper. I pick that up two or three times a month at least. Yes, they are online, but I prefer to have it in my hand and look through it as they still don't put the entire thing out there for the online perusers.

But that's about it. For my news I get the majority from NPR and Minnesota Public Radio.

Redigeret: feb 19, 2008, 8:35 pm

I know I'm completely the wrong age to post here (maybe in 20 years time....) but I thought you'd like to know that there are young people who still read the paper. Here in Australia, 2 of the biggest broadsheets have started offering a special cheap student deal and now half my university campus seems to have a paper under one arm while walking around and the other half have it open in front of them while they eat lunch. I get my paper delivered on the weekends and spend the rest of the day curled up in my armchair reading and doing the samurai sudoku (5 sudoku puzzles all connected together).

feb 19, 2008, 8:39 pm

I'm in the same boat as #21- I'm 28, so not really the demographic for this group. I also still read newspapers. I read our daily paper everyday and love to cuddle up with the Sunday edition.
I also like the USA today, though I know it gets the short end of the stick a lot. I also read news online, though not as much. My husband is a grad student and his school has a program where you can get major papers- our city, Kansas City Star, New York Post and USA Today for free daily.

feb 22, 2008, 3:34 pm

We have a truly great local paper, that has very timely articles, well-informed, and I like to hear about local histor, which they seem to have a finger on.

feb 22, 2008, 3:36 pm

On line from time to time, but almost never the real thing. However, I'm an obsessive NPR listener.

mar 8, 2008, 8:14 pm

I was never a newspaper reader anyway, mostly got my news from the TV and radio. Now I subscribe to feeds from all manner of websites - BBC, virgin, google, the guardian, new york times, reuters. Even my local free paper is online although they still insist on stuffing the hard copy through the letter box every Thursday.

maj 14, 2008, 12:33 pm

Why yes, I do - either the hard copy or online. We still receive the local paper on the weekend...local events & stories that you don't find on the evening news are what attract me.

maj 20, 2008, 9:11 am

Still read the newspaper and am a regular subscriber. Some days I read it more thoroughly than others though.

maj 20, 2008, 10:13 am

Our local paper has gotten so useless that we've almost decided to drop it completely. Of course this creates a void. What else will the cats lay on while my husband tries to have breakfast before work?

jun 4, 2008, 9:52 pm

There are 2 daily papers here in town and we get both delivered. Some days there's less news then others, but I too enjoy looking through the paper with my coffee in the morning or I read it at work when I get a chance. I don't think both papers will survive much longer which is a shame. Online is just not the same.

jun 5, 2008, 9:01 am

We have now discontinued the newspaper and are feeling no ill effects except that I have to stockpile the freebie weekender edition for my iguana's cage liner. : )

jul 6, 2008, 7:35 pm

I talked in #1 about how the younger generation doesn't read newspapers - well, I don't know if it's the start of a trend, but my 12-year-old son, home for the school holidays, has just spent the past half-hour reading the newspaper, while I play ... er, work ... on the computer.

jul 8, 2008, 8:30 am

Even if I did get the newspaper delivered to my home, I wouldn't have time to read it before leaving for work. I'd have to read it in the evening, and by then its old news. I have an RSS reader for my local paper and I start my day at the office with a cup of coffee and about 15-20 minutes to get caught up on whats going on. I think it is a generational thing. My parents prefer to read the (print) paper every morning. My dad loves the comics. Does anyone really read the comics anymore? I think that's a guy thing. Am I wrong?

jul 8, 2008, 8:54 am

I used to subscribe to the local paper but it didn't really get read much. Mostly I felt guilty about the huge stacks of paper that piled up so quickly. I'm not really what you could call green, but that just seemed like such a waste. I decided that I could read the paper online, probably get better news from sources other than my home paper, and not waste so much paper. And my house looks neater.

jul 13, 2008, 9:43 am

emaestra, I've never been very green myself, but I found out that we're tearing down 2 million acres of beautiful Canadian boreal forests, per year, so we can have mail-order catalogs, newsprint, and Scott towels. I'm starting to really twinge whenever I read a "hard copy" of the Sunday NYT.

jul 13, 2008, 2:59 pm

I'd love to cancel our subscription to the NYT to save the forests, but unfortunately my husband would kill me! He takes the paper to work with him on the train everyday - at least he doesn't bring it home daily, all I have to contend with are the weekend papers.

jul 29, 2008, 7:00 am

Way back I posted that I read the local Gazette. I never really paid attention to the small print on the front page that reads, "America's oldest newspaper. Founded 1727." There was an article in it back in July about someone still having a copy of the newspaper containing the article about the "new" constitution. Kinda blew me away.

jul 29, 2008, 7:22 am

How timely. I just canceled our subscription to the TV guide here bcs it didn't include the digital channels. I can get a better guide on line.

As far as newspapers. I'm a Hoosier living in Holland. By the time the hard copy Indianapolis Star got here it would be very old news indeed. lol. I miss the comics of course but mostly I miss the Sunday supplements -- the Target and Old Navy PDF versions just ain't the same. Maybe I should invest in a double sided A3 printer?

I have a folder in Firefox that is labeled 'News' in it I have the NYT, Wired, New Scientist, Motley Fool, CNN Money and all bookmarked. With one click in the morning I can open them all in separate tabs and then skim the headlines over my morning coffee.

For crosswords I go to USA Today -- much easier to 'cheat' in the on-line version, and the Suduko is only a six cell grid...

But yeah, I love the feel and smell of a new real book. Saying that I've picked up some old used paperbacks lately and couldn't read them because of the musty moldy smell. :-(

I dunno the people using Kindles give it thumbs up. It appears to have all the advantages of a printed book and then some.

aug 10, 2008, 3:10 pm

Errr, my secret is out ...I LOVE the Pooch Cafe cartoon strip! In fact I love it so much I ordered the desk calender from the US (I'm in the UK) as I couldn't find it anywhere over here. And no, I'm not a guy. I don't think my husband/work colleagues get it, but anyone who has dogs with attitude will surely understand my snorting over Poncho's approach to life? I don't think I'd so far as to buy the paper just for this, but it's almost worth it. Please tell me it's not just me!

aug 19, 2008, 1:42 pm

I do hope the print media is still alive and well. Actually, my livelihood depends on it. I am a publications adviser at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA (USA.) I supervise students who pull together both the yearbook and the newspaper.

When attending conferences I hear so much doom and gloom about the demise of newspapers and yearbooks. Yet, our institution is doing well so I hope we are beating the odds.

A co-worker owns a kindle (from Amazon) and while he likes it, I know I would not purchase one of these gadgets. I like to hold a book and feel the texture of the pages.

aug 24, 2008, 2:13 am

A co-worker owns a kindle (from Amazon) and while he likes it, I know I would not purchase one of these gadgets. I like to hold a book and feel the texture of the pages.

I completely agree! I also love the smell of old books, and cannot imagine any electronic device taking the place of my beloved books.

aug 24, 2008, 7:53 pm

I grew up with The Washington Post delivered every day to our doorstep. When I moved to New Hampshire, this became one of the things I truly missed about the DC area. I'm of a liberal bent, so the one "major" newspaper in NH - The Union Leader - is just not an option for my daily news. The Boston Globe might do, but to be honest, I don't live in Massachusetts, I don't work in Massachusetts, and I don't care to read about Massachusetts issues.

So I read the Post online (when I can), and listen to NPR. I read a local arts/entertainment weekly (The Hippo), and its sister weekly local news paper, The Manchester Express. And in yard sale season, I may pick up the Union leader for the classified listings.

And as for daily puzzling - for sudoku, I go to the dollar store and pick up a few books there. Last time I found eight or nine different ones, bought them all, and now I have enough puzzles to last me at least a year.

sep 2, 2008, 4:31 pm

A co-worker owns a kindle (from Amazon) and while he likes it, I know I would not purchase one of these gadgets. I like to hold a book and feel the texture of the pages.

I completely agree! I also love the smell of old books, and cannot imagine any electronic device taking the place of my beloved books.

Agreeing with BOTH of you... Just don't have the heart to consider this no matter the trees I might save. :(

jan 12, 2009, 5:16 pm

I don't like all the advertising inserts so I don't subscribe to the paper and read it on line. My younger son and I are both Sudoku addicts and buy huge books of those puzzles to feed our addiction. I do miss the funny papers, but I feel like the funnies just aren't as amusing as they were when I was a kid. (I read the Comics Curmugeon blog to keep up on how silly they are, which is more fun than reading the funnies themselves.)

jan 12, 2009, 11:19 pm

I still subscribe to my town's local paper, but I've really been having an inner struggle about whether to continue. Bringing in the paper and reading it spread out on the breakfast table is my ritual. Reading at the table in general is one coping mechanism I've had since my husband left me 5 years ago and I'm alone at the table -- it staves off loneliness so I'm not just staring at the wall. I also have a fun game I play with my cat, where I slide one section around under another and she pounces -- wouldn't work with the online version. There are news pieces, usually the smaller ones, as well as my favorite local columns, and ads for local cultural events like concerts, that I will see in the print version and no matter how hard I try to find them in the online version, I can't. These are usually the ones that hit me where I live the most, e.g., construction on a street near my house causing a detour. I don't have a laptop, only a desktop, so can't look at the online version while I'm eating; anyway, one wouldn't want food and drink endangering one's electronics.

However, I do also look at the online version during the workday now and then, as I know they post breaking stories that I won't see in the print version till the next morning -- these are usually the more major news stories. I grimace at the cost of the subscription each time I get the bill. I'd also love to save trees. So, I'm on the fence right now. I think giving it up is the right thing to do, but it would certainly be a grief and loss event for me!

Now, as a footnote, I will mention that I work at a large university and I see many, many students reading the print version of the daily university paper.

jan 13, 2009, 1:51 am

I used to love reading the daily newspaper...but some years ago something changed - maybe the ink, maybe the paper - and now my eyes water like crazy when I read a real paper. It feels like an allergic reaction.

Now I read the paper online, with an occassional purchase of a paper one.

Sadly, Seattle is probably going to lose one of its daily newspapers. We currently have two, but the Seattle P.I. is up for sale and the sellers are giving it 2 months before they close it down.

jan 26, 2009, 7:02 pm

Reading the daily hard copy of the New York Times is one of life's simple pleasures - it is just not the same reading it online! I carry it around with me during the day and sneak in sections while I'm waiting for my son at school, waiting for a class, grabbing lunch. Sometimes it takes me till the following Wednesday to finish the Saturday/Sunday editions, but I always plough my way through it. I look at NYT and other publications online as well, but for me the internet will never be able to fully replace the "real" paper!

jan 26, 2009, 7:44 pm

I started off this thread, but hadn't checked back here for a while - which I should have done, because there are some really fascinating responses!

Setting aside the other arguments for and against print newspapers, I'm not so sure that the net environmental effects of buying a print newspaper are necessarily worse than reading the online version: trees can be replanted and newspaper recycled, whereas computers use more electricity than you might think - and if that electricity is generated mainly from non-renewable sources like coal or gas, then the environmental effects of getting the print version may actually be less than those of reading the online version. That's if the trees are replanted, of course.

jan 26, 2009, 8:49 pm

Like Seattle, and barring a last minute miracle, Denver will also lose one of its daily papers very soon. We subscribe to both. My husband brings home local papers for me when he travels. And I loved having the opportunity, for many years, to enjoy the NY Times when visting my folks in NJ. Needless to say, in my opinion, there is no better place or format to get your daily news than a newspaper.

jan 28, 2009, 4:10 pm

A friend just pointed me to this amusing 1981 TV news story about making newspapers available online:

sep 17, 2011, 9:07 am

Newspapers? Why? Nope I don't read them.

sep 17, 2011, 11:17 am

Just realized that I can post in the 40+ group now. *shudder*

I skim through the paper everyday if I can. At the very least, I read through the comics and do the sukuko if no one else has.

sep 20, 2011, 9:00 am

I'm not a fan of our local newspaper, so I don't subscribe. But if one is nearby, I'll pick it up and leaf through it. On Sundays, however, I'll run to the market and purchase one for my coveted NYT Sunday Crossword! :)

Redigeret: sep 20, 2011, 9:15 am

Not only do I still read newspapers, I have a subscription on a (morning) national newspaper and an (afternoon) local newspaper. I read the NYT online, but also check newssites and
And that is just for the news.
{I read quick}

okt 12, 2011, 8:24 pm

I sometimes read newspapers...

okt 19, 2011, 8:42 am

I only read the paper for some local information and the comics and puzzles. I never really got into reading the paper on a regular basis. I sometimes take the time to read the paper at work.

I do look at the news stories on the net but sometimes it is hard to find a story that you have heard about. That is when I like to have the paper in my hands.

My children who are 19 and 20 have looked a newspapers. My daughter usually looks at them when she is looking for the deans list or if someone she knows is in the paper. My son usually looks at the comics and the puzzles. He doesn't care about the news. Plus he always goes through looking for coupons. Both my children have had articles written about them in the paper so they are familiar with newspapers.

okt 23, 2011, 11:52 am

I dont really read newspapers but if something happened in my town like serious then I would...

nov 1, 2011, 7:15 pm

Yes, I still read the local weekend paper. I love waking up early on Sat. and Sun., walking outside to pick up my paper off the drive, coming back in to a nice hot cup of joe and reading the news. During the week its the internet or TV News.