Lots of organizations and industries like to celebrate their existence, and newspapers are no different. We in the newspaper business observed National Newspaper Week earlier this month.
That tidbit may not induce you to care or read on, but I’ll continue writing this column just in case you do.
I know a few people who do not read newspapers. They also don’t consume much news whatsoever. What little news they absorb comes from TV or mobile devices – basically headline services. In fact, these folks are generally ignorant about many of the important things that go on around them.
TV, radio and mobile devices provide information, but they don’t usually give the consumer background, detail and context – elements that result in understanding. They’re great for weather and other emergencies, traffic fatalities, murders and warm, fuzzy stories, but don’t do as well as newspapers in offering a framework for comprehension.