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What keeps you reading newspapers?

Posted at 1:16 PM on November 17, 2008 by Sanden Totten (6 Comments)

Every Sunday I get the paper and spend the first few minutes pulling all the circulars, car ads, classified and other garbage out. Then, I skip over all the fluff pieces that don't interest me, the big stories I've already read about on the Internet and I toss out the sports section (sorry, just doesn't interest me).

What's left? Not much.

Newspapers: Still good when your laptop won't do. (Photo by inju via Creative Commons)

One of the problems with newspapers is that there are very few sections in it that aren't better served by going on-line. The journalism blog 10,000 Words put forth a list of 6 newspaper sections that are rendered obsolete by the web. They lay out the obvious ones: Restaurant Reviews, Movie Reviews, Classifieds and Weather. But they also add in two big ones: The Front page/A 1 News and Letters to the Editor.

The reason for the former is that most of these stories are broken on the web first and that anyone with a news appetite and modem has likely seen them by the time they hit print. The Letters to the Editor claim is a bit more dubious. 10,000 Words says comment sections after an article make old fashioned published letters irrelevant. But that assumes most people are willing to read through the trolling, ranting and occasional spamming to find the actual analysis of real people.

On the flip side, the blog says Obituaries, Opinion and the Comics aren't leaving print anytime soon.

But what about you? What sections keep you paying that yearly subscription to the good old fashioned newspaper? What does the paper give you that the Internet can't take away. For me, it's totally the crossword puzzles.

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