Print isn't going away!

Thursday, November 08, 2018

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Dear Editor,

According to a recent online article in Editor & Publisher, a Nielsen Scarborough study suggested “that in an average month, 169 million adults read a US newspaper. They may be reading it in one or more iterations — in print, on the Web, via a mobile app, courtesy of an e-newsletter or through a social media news feed”.

Some 58 per cent of people ages 16 and older reported they regularly read newspapers. There are no noteworthy differences across communities in the numbers of people who regularly read newspapers. But 57 per cent of suburban residents and 56 per cent of urban dwellers are more likely to read their newspapers on hand-held devices than 45 per cent of rural residents, according to a 2012 article by the Pew Research Center.

“Print isn't going away. If you are from Cleveland, then you were probably one of the thousands who wanted a print copy of the Plain Dealer that was released the day after the Cavaliers won the NBA Championship…So why in the digital era would people from all over want the print version? Nostalgia. The print newspaper is memorabilia people can keep forever.”

“A newspaper is the centre of a community, it's one of the tent poles of the community, and that's not going to be replaced by websites and blogs,” declared Michael Connelly. And I agree.

Whatever country you reside in, the newspaper is a vital source of information. News and opinions circle the globe via newspapers. Stand up for the free press. It's that important.

Melissa Martin

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