Opinion: Let’s not throw print away just yet

Kaylee Remington

I was driving home from my internship about a week ago listening to the “John Tesh Radio Show.” It’s a pretty interesting show if you want to learn a lot of new facts you didn’t know before. But on this particular day, I listened in as John spoke about degrees students shouldn’t get into. Of course, he talked about nursing, computer science and economics being the best degrees to pursue.

But then came the worst degrees: architecture, advertising and print journalism. Now, I wrote those in alphabetical order. Print journalism is at the number one spot. You can imagine how great my car ride home got as I clenched the steering wheel so hard my knuckles turned white. Why must my degree be failing just as I am about to graduate in nine months?

Now I have to point out that my grandparents still don’t own a computer to even check their news online. So of course they’re a part of the population that still needs a newspaper arriving on their driveway. I may have a computer, but I still like the thought of waking up and enjoying the newspaper in my hand. It’s that feeling of having it at my fingertips that I like the most. The rest of my family will say the same.

So what will happen if newspapers and magazines become obsolete? What will happen to the technologically impaired? How will they find their news? I don’t see my grandparents buying a computer and attempting to operate it to find their news. I also don’t think their eyes are good for a computer screen either, myself included.

Sure I like looking on the Internet for news that isn’t around me, but my eyes get strained pretty easily. I don’t like looking at a screen too much to find my news. I like it right in front of me with my feet up reading page by page without hitting a next button. And I’m not that skilled yet to be able to look up news while venturing onto my next class. I don’t have time to go to a computer to look it up. I run to the nearest newsstand and go from there.

I’ve adapted to getting my breaking news from my computer, but the in-depth stories and features I will always want to read on paper. I bet I can vouch for most people that reading a longer feature story on the Internet can be more time consuming and not as enjoyable than picking up a copy of your local newspaper or magazine and saving it for later if you don’t have the time.

All I am saying is, let’s not go and say print journalism is digging its grave as we speak. Some people still need that outlet to get to what they want to read. My grandparents need it and our eyes need it. What about the businesses in your communities that need the advertising? My dad’s car dealership sure won’t be posting its advertising online. They want it local and in the hands of their audience in the city.

I’m not saying I’m technologically impaired. I know my way around the Internet quite well to look for what I want to read and learn about. But just remember, writers of newspapers and magazines have devoted their whole career of reporting the truth and checking for inaccuracies. That’s where our journalism started. Don’t just throw it away.

Kaylee Remington is a senior magazine journalism major and a columnist for the Summer Kent Stater. Contact her at [email protected].