Although more and more people read news on the Internet, newspapers will remain the most important source of news. Do you agree or disagree?
For some people newspapers will remain the most important source of information while for others, it does not.
Old people rely on newspapers. Firstly, old people like the actual print in newspapers better than the pulsating fonts on a screen. Easier to read, especially if you need to adjust the distance to your failing eyes. Secondly, old people like to read newspapers with a cup of coffee, not a keyboard, in hand. Old people also like to exchange sections with their husband/wife/lover and say, “Hey, Martha/Fred/Whoever, look at this.” Handing over a computer screen drains the freshly caffeinated moment of its magic. Thirdly, old people are a lot less interested in video and snappy graphics, online editions’ strong point, than youngsters with the attention span of gnats in heat. If old people want to viscerally experience a major news event, they turn on the TV.
Young people feel differently. To them, speed matters. The truth is even the most frequently published papers are only distributed once per day. This simply means that papers cannot compete on speed, being first with a certain story. Even if one happens to get their hands on a story at the perfect time, a paper still have to be both printed, and distributed to people. This takes hours. What’s worse, morning newspapers brand themselves as dealing with “today’s news”, when in fact it’s the news from yesterday. This hasn’t been a problem before, since there was no faster way to get news. Now there is. If speed is important to one, one can easily subscribe to news via e-mail, Twitter or RSS, and be instantly updated. Let’s keep in mind, speed matters to young people a lot.
In conclusion, newspapers will play dominating role in old people’s sources of information. Young people tell a different story.