I love, love, love to read my local print newspaper, The Seattle Times, each morning.
If a daily edition is late due to inclement weather, I will read the paper on my tablet, but only if I’m quite certain the print edition won’t arrive, e.g., snow, power lines across the roads, the end of the world as we know it, etc.
But I don’t want to read the paper on my tablet – or sitting at my computer – as my only option.
The other local area newspaper, Seattle Post Intelligencer, switched to online-only several years ago. I’m thrilled that the Seattle PI is still available to readers but I fear the remaining local newspaper will end up with the same fate.
Why do I think so?
Check out these three photos taken from the Friday, September 25th edition:
I’m thrilled the Times’ advertising sales are going up but I fear the ratio of ads to stories is indicative of troubles in the house. I understand that a large percentage of news-seekers rely on the Internet for up to the minute news coverage – I certainly check online when I hear of a breaking news story – but it’s the following day’s newspaper from which I glean, as Paul Harvey used to say, “The rest of the story.”
My blog followers are from various generations. What do you prefer for your primary news source: digital or print?
How many of you subscribe to your local print newspaper? I’d really like to know.