Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Old News - The Demise of the Sunday Newspaper

It was a tradition, not only in my parents' home, but with my husband and I as well -- read the Sunday newspaper.

Growing up it was my hometown paper in Oshkosh,Wisconsin, but also (what was then called) the Milwaukee Journal. We kids would fight over who got the comics section first, much to the chagrin of our parents.

I liked newspaper journalism so much I went into it as a profession upon graduating from college in 1982. Did that for about 15 years and I still freelance. I love news.

So what am I getting at here?

My husband and I decided not to buy the local/state Sunday paper anymore. We do subscribe to a national newspaper we get Monday-Saturday if our mail carrier decides to show up (we live in the country), but there is no Sunday edition.

Our state and local Sunday papers regurgitate what they've published all week, with few new locally written articles. Sports stories are new, obituaries are new....not a whole lot else.

Why? That's easy to answer - most news is on your computer or your phone. I understand that. Maybe I am naive, but I don't think that means newspapers have to skimp on news.

What are your thoughts on this? I'd love to hear them.