Should Print Be Obsolete?


Zoe Woodrick, Reporter

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In early November post-Halloween gleam, there’s nothing like picking up a newspaper in the morning and seeing what’s going on around you. 

Maybe your favorite sports team won a game. Maybe a new restaurant opened near you. You won’t know until you unfold whatever words may rest beyond the cover. 

The clean paper with its fresh print smells reminiscent of a time when everything you knew of the week, day, or month was hidden somewhere on a physical paper.

That same feeling just doesn’t accompany online articles. 

Print options should not become obsolete. 

In recent years, print has been on the decline and is becoming a thing of the past, with more news sources relying on online recognition rather than papers. 

Stories no longer appear at the doorsteps of tens of thousands of people, but rather on their phones and computers. 

Decades ago, if you walked a couple of blocks, you’d be bound to run into a newspaper stand. Now, those are few and far between. 

An issue that is often neglected with this form of media is that not everyone has technology, so it’s very isolating to not have that option to read the news. It can feel like you’re missing out. 

Another issue with solely online media is though large media companies are thriving, smaller and more local prints are struggling. 

It is easier to find print editions of local papers, whereas larger news sources don’t have to be sought out like local publications do. 

It’s easier to discover global news using the internet, but finding out about things going on near you is extremely difficult. Major news sources don’t often talk about small stories. 

Many people know what’s going on in the White House—do you know what’s happening around you?