I Knew I Should Have Bought That Sunday Newspaper

I usually buy a Sunday newspaper for several reasons. The wife likes going through the ads and I browse the news and sports sections. But as I previously mentioned, the newspaper of late has shrunk down to about 1/2 of what it had been, yet the price went up to $2. So this Sunday I decided to skip the paper.

As many of you know, I write a bi-weekly computer column for a local newspaper back in California. During the past few months the newspaper was reorganizing and my column was put on hold. Though I had submitted a column last week, I was unsure if it would get printed or not. So today’s email came as no surprise. I wasn’t fired. I wasn’t laid off. I was a victim of the shrinking paper. No space for me any longer. But there were some kind words that if space became available, I would be the first one they called.

Welcome to the recession. I don’t buy a Sunday paper, which has an effect on the local paper here. In California, as revenues shrink and people stop buying papers, the paper size shrinks, and with it I am shrunken out of a column.

I seriously doubt I will be writing another column for the paper. Printed newspapers and magazines may go the way of the dodo bird. The Internet has taken over as our main source of news, entertainment, and communication.

Comments welcome.

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

  • Martin Lee

    Supporting you

  • brie sansotta

    I started buying the Sunday paper. The research on world and business stories cannot be beat – why? Because they EDIT those stories, checking on the research.

    Yeah, sometimes things get scammed at major newspapers – but seldom. On the web, you get all kinds of takes on world and local news – people quote “news” stories from websites all over the world. Can you trust it?

    You just don’t get the kind of complete, researched information easily – as you do with the major papers.

  • DLA

    I did an interesting study a few year’s ago. You can do it yourself now. Take any article you want in the New York Times, block copy a sentence from the article then paste, surrounded with qutation marks, into Google. You will find that the exact same sentence appears in newspapers all across the country. So, if the New York Times fails to report accurately (like that ever happens) – the wrong information is reported in newspapers nation, sometimes world, wide. Happens on the ‘net too but here it stands the chance of being rapidly questioned and refuted.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Thanks for the comments everyone.

    Hi DLA – good point.

  • http://www.visualeditors.com/apple/ Charles Apple

    The internet has indeed become the primary source for news for many of us.

    But consider this, Ron: All this news we’re reading online — from where does IT come? Most of it comes from newspaper web sites.

    And the simple fact is, newspapers don’t make enough money on their web sites to pay their newsroom salaries. Asking readers to pay to read stories isn’t really a valid option, either.

    If newspapers go out of business, reporters and editors will not be able to bring you the news. All that will be left are blogs and video game reviews and Twitter and the like. There will be no one left to uncover atrocities at Abu Ghraib, to explain the economic recovery plan, to debunk false claims in TV political ads.

    Wishing newspapers away might be the trendy thing for us electronic folks to say these days, but our republic will be in sad, sad shape without them.

    [Full disclosure: I'm a newspaper graphics reporter and editor with 25+ years experience; currently unemployed.]

  • Harry

    I’m been a reader of newspapers all my life and the changes that are occurring in many communities have had an impact on many people. Having an online venue for news and information is a good alternative, but in some local communities the news in print may be a better alternative. It all depends upon the size of the community of course, but most people I think have made the transition to major media outlets on online.
    Going through the Sunday coupons may become a thing of the past, but it was fun while it lasted. Just like reading the Sunday comics in bed with the kids was in the 50s and 60s. Now for many of us it will be sharing links and stories online like this one that are the future.

  • f

    few people read the news in the newspaper anymore
    we have the internet

    we get the sunday news so we can read the ads
    thats really all i care about

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hello Charles,
    It is unfortunate that this economic downturn continues to have an affect on all of us. I sincerely hope that you find a job soon.
    God bless.

  • Tom Burnakis

    People who write the news read on-line to get the information they write. That news is picked up and posted on-line. Pretty soon somebody figures out that to save money it is simpler to eliminate many of the middle men and just go on-line. Whether to increase the image as a “company of the future” or to keep up with the competition it happens. Papers start to consolidate their staffs to reap the benefits of this new technology, individuals lose jobs which trickles down and soon there is no money to buy papers.

    Change the names of the industries and the circumstances only a little and you can describe the current state of the economy. I watched a piece on the Today show where a young entrepreneur patented and is selling a handmade baseball bat. The quality and the workmanship of his original product made it desirable; so desirable in fact that he had to increase production and now gets the finished product from China! Although this might be great for China, and for this young man who will increase his profit considerably by taking advantage of the cheaper labor, it does nothing for the community or the nation. Do it enough times and nobody has the money left to buy bats.

    I find it increasingly amusing and upsetting at the same time that people can’t realize self-cannibalism is not a sustainable process. However, rather than recite a litany of all the bad things that abound today, a recitation that would depress me no end, how about we all take a look INSIDE at what we are NOT doing to help. Rather than cursing at the cliff edge to which we all seem to be running, let’s turn aside and each do something to save a friend, or a business, from leaping ‘lemming-like’ into the sea.

  • http://baseline.blog-city.com Janine

    Call me Old School but I prefer having a paper in hand as opposed to getting my news from the internet.

    When online, I’m out here to goof off for bit, do a little shopping, drop in at the sites that I participate in, list a couple/few items to sell, etc…. I might tune into a news oriented website for a big feature story but that’s about it.

    I realize a lot of people get their daily news from the internet but what I like most about the newspaper are the little commentaries, the stories about daily community life and what people are up to , local events, and the kinds of articles that you wouldn’t bother to look for out here and some things you probably wouldn’t find, anyway. Taking away the newspaper is like taking an eraser to a tradition—not just for the readers but, more importantly, for the writers.

    Sorry to hear your spot was yanked, as these kinds of articles are some of the reason why I look forward to picking up the paper.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hello Tom,
    May I add one more thing to your bat story.

    When you constantly keep telling people how crappy things are, they stop buying bats! :-(

  • Tom Burnakis

    Ron,

    Yes indeed, by sitting around waiting for Armageddon we resign ourselves to the fact that Armageddon is on the way. Let’s prove them all wrong, the naysayers, the fear mongers, the vultures waiting to feed on the carrion of what was a great and prosperous society.

    Folks we are still a great and prosperous society, more so than any other in the world in terms of access to resources and talent. Are we as good as we were a year ago? Well interestingly nothing has changed since the DOW was at it’s peak except that we now know of the problems. In effect, the Scarecrow got his testimonial. We cannot ignore problems to be sure, but we can resolve not to let them defeat us.

    So, I say buy the paper even though it is too expensive, because if you don’t it won’t be there. Go to dinner, get your hair cut, wash your car, stop waiting and start to push back. Pushing against a giant boulder is a waste of time, unless of course enough of you push at the same time. Whether it is a new President or an old Congress by the time they get all of what they planning place it will be too late for many of our friends and associates. Hey, it’s not like we haven’t done this before.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hi Tom,
    ‘Hey, it’s not like we haven’t done this before.’
    Exactly. FDR said it best ‘we have nothing to fear except fear itself”. God has blessed our country with an abundance of everything. Instead of crying in our beer we should be all pulling [or like you said pushing] together.

    I will be buying a paper this Sunday!

  • mikey

    If you are put off by $2 paper, check into subscriptions. Around here, the cost per Sunday paper drops under $1 once you commit for 3 months. And they practically throw in the weekday paper for free! (at least they did for us last time). My experience (as a once and future paper boy) is that the Sunday paper is bigger than ever, although the non-advertising content has indeed shrunk. Sorry about being cut, Ron.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Thank you Mikey for the good wishes.

    I’ll check into a subscription like you suggested.

    Have a great weekend.

    Regards, Ron

  • kpslover007

    Well, we still buy the Sunday Paper. It has all the circulars that we need. Plus, there are many reasons to buy the paper. I guess its not for news anymore. I also get the TV guide which is also online. Come to think of it, why are we buying the Sunday paper?

  • ROBERT BOWERS

    Horror of horrors……I no intention of reading my local newspaper on the Internet. I like to read in a comfortable place of my choice. I figure that if my local paper goes digital I’ll need a very large screen monitor….which I’d love to have any…..but sometime I’ll pick up the paper several times a day to read another section. I love all the advertisements and bargains that are available.

    I’m sure I will be forced to change my habits again. Been reading the paper since I was very young (I don’t mean the Weekly Reader either). With a paper you can read it anywhere. I don’t mind reading a book on a Kindle, but not my newspaper. I live in Houston…home of the Houston Chronicle the paper, in this town of 4 million is already so skinny, it is very sad. If the nation wide newspapers could survive the great depression, I hope they can survive through this severe economic downturn.

    Being realistic, what happens happens and we will same plenty of trees so that they can make plenty of copy paper as I’ll be printing an awful lot of stuff.

    I’m in my 40’s, live and die for my Internet and computer, I do love change and what will be will be!!!!!

    Robert

  • http://auriette.blogspot.com Auriette

    There’s a place for the daily paper, but I haven’t bought a paper in a long time. Here’s one major reason why: the last two times I bought a Sunday paper, it hasn’t had several of the sales and coupons circulars that I was looking for. So, why should I give them my two bucks for a Sunday paper if I’m not going to get what I paid for.

    I used to work in broadcast media, so I got used to getting my news from my reporters and the wires. Now, I turn to the internet, including the local paper’s website.

    There’s still a place for print media. A lot of people find it useful in print form. Right now, ad sales are down and so is the size of the paper (all the papers). When things pick back up, if the papers haven’t died, they will rebuild.