Editorial: Newspapers are still vital to our lives
Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Internet behemoth Amazon.com, recently bought The Washington Post. John Henry, owner of the Boston Red Sox and a man who made millions upon millions in the investments realm, purchased the Boston Globe not long ago. Warren Buffett — no slouch himself when it comes to money matters — thought it prudent to purchase the Omaha World-Herald, along with more than at least two dozen other publications.
So, who says newspapers are dead?
Sure, there’s no denying that newspapers are evolving along with rapid technological advancements. Still, newspapers continue to play the same role they always have. A good newspaper has the pulse of its community, and serves to both inform and in some way bring together its citizens.
Newspapers have always been about the public’s right to know, and that hasn’t changed even if the times have. And readership statistics back that up — recent Scarborough research reveals that across all print, digital and mobile platforms, a full 70 percent of U.S. adults read newspaper content each week. Out of those 164 million readers, the research says, 144 million still pick up the print copy.
This week may be National Newspaper Week, but it’s evident they remain a vital, every-day part of our lives.