The Ideology Behind Newspapers Is Not Obsolete
By Kym Gordon Moore
What source of communication do you choose to get your daily news from? The Internet? Radio? National news programs on television? The newspaper? Although newspapers seem to have gotten bushwhacked in the digital era, they are far from becoming obsolete as many predict them to be. Aside from the nostalgia of newspapers, they are the cornerstone for providing access to high quality news content. In no uncertain terms, newspapers and magazines were part of the revolutionary channels of social media.
Flipping through the pages of sections in the newspaper (headlines, politics, sports, food, religion, comics, and obituaries) supplied a forum or platform where news was the informational, entertaining and educational resource for local, national and worldwide events. Advertisements, patrons and subscribers continue to funnel the revenue needed to support the daily press. The popularity of journalism and the detailed contributions of reporters add the type of quality and newsworthy events that lure readers into wanting more. American newspapers began in the early 18th century. In the struggle to survive, some start-up newspapers did not continue to exist due to a paper shortage or lack of sales.
The network of American newspaper publications includes well-recognized circulations such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe. When most newspapers began, they were published and distributed starting with a monthly edition, moving to a few times a week, and then grew to daily distribution. It was once a common occurrence to see people reading a newspaper in barbershops, hotel lobbies, in a diner, on a park bench, in the lavatory or while getting their shoes shined. Today news can be read on mobile devices, computer notepads, as well as through traditional mediums, any place at any time.
The philosophy of newspapers is reflected in our First Amendment that grants us the freedom of speech, press, religion, assembly and petition. They include commentaries, editorials, advertisements and information about human-interest stories, the weather and even the economy. In order to keep up with the competition of reporting today’s minute-by-minute breaking news, newspapers added digitized versions of their publications.
News in today’s society is inescapable. Newspapers are the pioneers of press-distributed information on a wide scale, which kept the general public in the know. Although hard copy versions of newspapers have decreased in distribution, they still have their loyal following of readers. Without linotype, the method of creating movable type by machine instead of by hand, pressrooms around the world would never have been able to give the populace a way to effectively and efficiently stay in touch with current events, pre-digitized era.