Are Newspapers Of Any Value InThe Digital Age?

I hope that you enjoy reading this post on the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where six of us write on the same topic. Today’s topic was chosen by Shackman. The five other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, gaelikaa, Maxi, Paul, Shackman, and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too!

That is how I always start or finish my LBC posts and this time around, I am posting after due date. I was away from base on a very pleasant Pongal vacation touching base with my family in Chennai and introducing my daughter in law to them too. I simply did not have the time to post from there using a digital device that I did carry with me and with which I could have written the post. I offer my apologies to my fellow LBC bloggers and my regular readers a couple of who wrote separately to ask if I am alright! Thank you. I am in great shape and fully recovered from excess family hospitality.
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To answer this question, I must share some of my life style with my readers. I live a retired person’s life and have created a comfort zone in my home with comfortable sitting and sleeping places with all accessories near at hand. It makes me quite lazy and reluctant to get up and be active unless it is for something that I am habituated to. Among the daily routines that I follow is the reading of four news papers, two of general news and two of business and economics. After I finish reading them, I solve all the crossword puzzles in them and get up for coffee around mid forenoon only after I finish that routine.

I have tried to solve crossword puzzles online and did not like the experience. Doing it using a newspaper is far more satisfying. I do read news online but there too I find the experience less satisfying than reading hard copies.

So, for me personally news papers offer much more value than digital devices. In India, the newspaper business is a growth business with many regional and local newspapers appearing and flourishing regularly. This happens side by side by with TV news channels and it is expected that FM radio will also soon debut with news channels.

In India I think that the newspaper business does have value and prospects at least for the next decade or so.

35 thoughts on “Are Newspapers Of Any Value InThe Digital Age?”

  1. It’s not an either/or. Side by side.

    I like the physical side of paper. Hugely important to me. But since I have to read tonnes by nature of my bread and butter it would be nay impossible to do so turning pages. In fact, it would drive me insane. Even I know when too much is too much.

    Unlike you I haven’t yet reached the age of doing crosswords. And probably never will. I’d rather not test my powers of recollection. Might be in for a big disappointment.

    In other news: Fog, dense, has descended on where I live. Eerie. Perfect to commit murder.

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  2. I see the print newspaper business fading here, the size shrinking, the reportage poorly put together. I do believe they only have themselves to blame. I had suggested to our daily many years ago they focus on more in depth and personal – more in a magazine format as the web was providing all the headlines and more. They never listen until it is too late.
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  3. Welcome back uncleji, now I can bother you with my questions and opinions 😉 jokes apart, what is the business model of News Papers and source of income to the marginal journalists. Take an example I like The Hindu but end up reading Times of India (News kam advertisments jyada). Now I have moved largely to online news (that interests me) rather than everything what a news paper serves me. As Nandu uncleji says – very few (if any) are making money. I heard the same about ToI in Indore about 10 years back -cost of reaching ToI in Indore (at home) was about 12-15 INR.

    One crosswords and other puzzles – why dont you try buying a puzzle/crossword book. Hope that would be fun too. I did SudoKu (for that I used to buy DNA in Mumbai, it had two sudokus one numeric and other alphabet. Remember I hardly used to read news in that paper :D) Stopped buying (how can I write reading ;)) that later. Now I have Sudoku in my Mobile (hardly get time to play on that though).

    If I answer the question of title of the blog I would first try to understand meaning of Value of a news paper (either digital or print). As historically we say – history is written by the winners.. In my opinion, now a days News is made by those who have money and can throw money to the publishers. Value of Digital / Print is function of how accurate information we get in whatever AGE? I think I should join you all in LBC

    1. Old habits die hard Pravin. If ever the newspapers die, I suppose I will switch to books with crossword puzzles. I find sudoku too easy. Information of all sorts was drummed as being necessary to broaden one’s horizons as it were, in my misspent youth. That was the value for newspapers and I suppose it continues to be today too.

  4. They are. And the use of the internet is environmentally harmful, so not cutting trees to make paper but sending all documents via email is not really better.

  5. I used to faithfully read the daily NZ paper – in hardcopy. I had it delivered because during the years of my marriage, my ex-DH bought the copy on the way to work and was supposed to bring it all home! Often bits were missing and much of time the crosswords were done, and crumbs fell out of the pages…

    So when I was single I indulged. I loved it until I started the Internet and found I could more or less read everything I wanted online…I didn’t have to have the large sections of car sales, or houses, or employment which I didn’t need…

    But whilst I had it delivered it was great – even if a flatmate was in situ I had first dibs at it…
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    1. Yes, since selling newspapers is now uneconomic, the advertising revenue is what sustains them and the volume is usually more than the news content. That is indeed an irritating side issue.

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