“We’re newspaper junkies; I can’t imagine life without a newspaper.” ~Sally Quinn
I have always been a learner, someone who thrives off new things and meeting interesting people. After I graduated with a journalism degree and found myself in a position where I could no longer question, learn, interview people and write all day, I needed to find a way to get my fix.
I was a student of a journalism program that melded not just writing but also web and video reporting. My addiction was well developed by the time I graduated and an hour long news program before I went to work simply wasn’t enough.
For four years, I had been told as a journalism student that was taught newspapers were dead. I read my news online each morning but still had a very romanticized view of getting the paper in the morning and wanted to give it a try. There is just something about walking outside to greet the morning and picking up the paper on your walkway. Something about opening it up and flipping through while the coffee drips that you can’t get from a computer. I know this is the digital age, the age of the Kindle, iPad and interactivity but I want the real thing first. I may be naive but even though traditional news media has been turned on it’s head recently, I don’t think papers will ever go away. They are changing for sure but to be eliminated totally? I hope not. Coincidentally, as someone who works in the book publishing business, I feel the same way about books, but that’s a whole different blog post.
I do however absolutely agree that journalism is changing which I feel is good for both the content providers and the readers. Content providers, including papers, reporters, producers, have more platforms to show their work and connect with readers. Readers such as myself are able to learn more about the subject of the story and connect with the writers. Journalism is interactive now which for a junkie like me, is perfect.
I did end up getting a subscription to my local paper, The Tennessean and I have loved getting the paper in the morning. What’s so great about that is not only do I read the story in the morning but then during the day, when I check their site I can go deeper, see more pictures, connect to similar links, comment on the story etc. That’s why I’m excited about the future of journalism! Not only that but through social media, I have been able to get to know these storytellers in my city. I feel invested in them and when I see a story but one it’s like picking up a new book by my favorite author. Reporters now have readers who are invested in them and their work. I think this new two way journalism is not scary, but exciting! Change is coming but change is good.
How do you get your news? What are some funny news stories you’ve heard recently?