I knew this day was coming and I’m still sad.


Thanks to the Willamette Week tipping me off to the fact the Oregonian would cease seven-day publishing, I’ve had since January to adjust to the fact I will not be whipping through my newspaper every morning.  I’ll still be reading, most likely on my phone, but it just won’t be the same.

2 thoughts on “I knew this day was coming and I’m still sad.”

  1. I'm helping one of the summer school teachers do a lesson on newspapers. (Not my choice for reading camp as I think a more exciting topic might spark non/low readers who are about 4th grade level students). It is quite interesting because none of them have ever lived in a home that subscribed to a newspaper. They don't even know what a headline is! Where you and I grew up in 7 day subscriber homes where reading the paper was a distinctive part of the day. I knew the sections of the paper and the basic outline of its formatting at a pretty young age. I wonder if it is worth our teaching time? Will these children ever subscribe? What do you think?

  2. Your comment makes me even sadder. I deliver the quarterly neighborhood newspaper and I do it early in the morning, so I see how few people subscribe to the physical paper. But I hadn't thought through to the children. They will probably have an entirely different categorization of how news is distributed. If someone tells me about a news story, I could predict which section it's in, but with web sites/mobile applications, content is delivered in a very different jumble. I think "taking in the news" will also not be an activity that they sit down and do, like I have specific times when I read the newspaper, but something they dip in and out of throughout the day.

    It's a brand new day for news organizations, that's for sure. And I'm not too thrilled.

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