Do you subscribe to a daily or weekly newspaper? Do you subscribe to magazines? Do you follow the news on an online site?
I really like the site that the BBC offers called News in Pictures. The Day in Pictures displays a small collection of photographs that follow events from around the world. The pictures capture a mix of serious news stories and lighter cultural stories.
"The Day in Pictures collections are part of a much larger resource from the BBC simply called The In Pictures resource provides hundreds of images in a variety of collections and slideshows about current events throughout the world. Some of the slideshows even include narration. All of the images include captions explaining what is happening in the picture and a little background knowledge about the event being photographed."
How do you stay informed about local, state, national, and international events?
Just curious! What local newspaper do you read? Is it also online? Do many people in your community still subscribe to the local newspaper or are they reading digital newspapers?
In my area (Danville, VA), the printed newspaper is losing subscribers so the publisher has gone to an online option that costs about the same as the printed copy. I wonder if printed newspapers will become a thing of the past. Already landline phone use is declining as cell phones becoming increasingly popular.
I haven't had a daily/weekly newspaper subsription since I shared one with my college housemates back in the '90s. I mainly get my news from the local network affiliates on TV, their websites, and sometimes our local newspaper's website. The local newspaper, the Longmont Times-Call, mostly features stories on petty crimes and 'feel-good' articles; not really national news or heavy-hitting journalism. If there's a national or international situation I'm interested in, sometimes I'll check out cnn.com.
We do subscribe to National Geographic at my house. One of my majors was Geography, so I like to support NG. And, I'll be honest, I really do love looking at the photographs! When the magazine first comes, I like to pre-read it by flipping through and looking at the photos, then I go back and read the articles.
I wouldn't be surprised if printed newspapers became a thing of the past!
I work in D.C. and I take the Metro as part of my commute. So I'll read one of the free mini newspapers they distribute at the Metro stops to give me an initial peak into news. Then I'll follow it up by reading online at one of my few favorite blogs. It's so much easier for me to get my news through the internet, compared to my parents who do receive print copies of The Washington Post; but they're part of a generation that isn't reliant on the internet.
Being part of the urban set, you would have access to handbills and mini newspapers on your daily commute. I, too, have traveled that transportation venue and realize the advantages of getting "snipits" of information to possibly check out later. However, I believe you are being somewhat harsh on your parents for their preference in obtaining the news, and remember, generalizations are dangerous especially from a sample of one.
Put me in the same category as your parents in having newsprint land on my lawn each day. Not only do I receive the Dallas Morning News but also the Wall Street Journal. Having the hardcopy allows me to get "snipits," but also to get the full Monty if I'm so inclined. Then, after my early morning news-fix, I move to my computer and pick-up the Online editions of the Boston Globe, The New York Times and others. Maybe this is a generational thing to want to get a little more than just the "hooks" that the media pushes as top stories.
Newspapers are really struggling to stay above water and some have already drowned, but it would be a loss to our journalists and the country's ability to assess news events if the entire print industry succumbed to the digital form. I noticed that neither of us mentioned our television venues, but everyone picks up the breaking news with television don't we? But, remember, we still have radio as a back-up.
Newspapers can be a generation thing or simply a desire to maintain contact with home.
My mother is now 88 and came to live with us three years ago. She has little interest in our local Colorado papers because her dearest friends are all back in Ohio. We order the local paper that she received all of her life and the first thing she reads is the obituaries. Then she looks for the local stories that feature someone she has known or the weather stories that affect a farmer's life so much.
I showed her how I could retrieve all of this on the Internet, yes, even a small town like Mount Vernon, Ohio, puts a lot of the newspaper online but it just isn't the same for her.
Receiving and touching the newspaper gives her such a warm feeling, we will keep right on ordering it for her. :-)
Jump ahead two generations and I'm not sure my sons know what a newspaper is for anymore. They get their information from the Internet.
It's interesting to read the variety of ways people keep up with the news. I like listening to the radio after the alarm clock sounds and hearing the national, state, and local news. While I eat breakfast, I watch regional and national news on television. Also I subscribe to the The Danville Register & Bee (Virginia) so I can read the obituaries (as someone else mentioned); scan the headlines for people, places, and events familiar to me; and look at the classified ads.
I'm not much of an Internet news reader. I spend so much time reading websites related to my technology consulting work, I prefer not to read newspapers online. The eye strain from staring at a computer screen can become worrisome.
I have not read much in this discussion about online or printed magazines. Does anyone rely on magazines such as Time or Newsweek for news updates? Do you prefer magazines in hard copy or online?
Lately I have been getting the daily news digest from the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun. Oddly enough I get a lot of news through Facebook because I have a couple of friends who seem to like nothing better than to browse the Internet all day long and share what they find.