It’s a sad state of affairs when reading the actual newspaper becomes news in my life, but it is.
I’m just like everyone else around my age who reads most of their news online. But I’m in the news industry, so I should read the newspaper every so often, right? Of course, I used to read the newspaper every day when I actually worked at one.
There’s something fitting about reading the newspaper on the train, though, and that’s where I was today. So I picked up a copy of The Record, which is supposed to be my hometown daily newspaper. They’re supposed to cover my community.
Sadly, there was no news about my community inside the pages. In fact, I didn’t find a whole lot of news in The Record. It seemed awfully thin, especially on local news. And a lot of the things in the newspaper I had already read on Northjersey.com. There was nothing really new in the story that made it worth reading.
And the few stories I did find worth reading were mainly because they were written by one of my former co-workers and friends.
We hear so much about how people want to save newspapers. But why?
Why should we save newspapers if the people who run the newspapers don’t put in the effort to give us something worth reading? Why should I plop down my $.50 again when there was no news about my hometown? Why should I bother picking up a newspaper that doesn’t give me much of anything worth reading?
Give me something worth reading and I’ll think differently.