For more years than I can remember, I loved reading my morning paper while having those first few terrific cups of coffee and it’s really how I started my day. I looked forward to it and it was a huge part of how I woke up for most of my adult life.
When I moved out of Minneapolis, I could only get my paper delivered with my mail. Very late in the afternoon and it just wasn’t the same. By the time it came, for one thing, I was awake but for another, nothing it said was “news” anymore. The Internet was alive and kicking but not for me. We had a computer back then but it was in the days that all you did was play games on it. Going “online” was a foreign thing to us back then and I had a terrible habit that I was forced to change. It was really hard but I replaced one with another and subscribed to a LOT of magazines. That’s what I did instead. I had to read in order to wake up back then I guess. I’ll bet you I had subscriptions for 10 magazines back then.
Of course now all the newspapers are like everyone else and need to make cuts. But they are really hurting now competing with all the news the Internet allows us. Newspapers are closing down all over the place and cutting hours and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get any better for then with the Internet.
So the question is, would you pay to read your news online? We can watch movies and download our music here and a lot of that we have to pay for but would people pay for this service or would they just go elsewhere to get the information they wanted. I thought this was a good quote from the article if you didn’t go read it:
Kathleen Hanson is the Director of the Minnesota Journalism Center and a Professor at the University of Minnesota. She doesn’t think that just because it worked for music, it will work for news.
“It’s the broccoli and ice cream problem that people will pay for ice cream and you want to try to get them to eat the broccoli along with that,” said Hanson.
I do know a lot of newspapers that charge to “get into” some things on their sites now and have been that way for several years. Not all of them are free. Their general sites are free but if you click to certain articles, you have to be a subscriber. I do have to say that I go to WCCO constantly during my day. I don’t really go to the newspapers but Paul does like to read the paper for all his sports. Would he pay a small monthly fee, probably.
For me, yes, I think I’d pay. It wouldn’t be more than I was paying for a newspaper everyday of my life for 30 years. Those reporters and everyone else involved in putting a newspaper together seem to be doing a lot of work for nothing and a lot of them are losing a lot of jobs. What about the people who pay for the paper and those who read it online for free? It doesn’t seem fair when you look at it that way.
I also do know though, it’s not the same online and you can’t get a lot of what is really in a paper nor can you spread it all out and smell that newspaper smell. I do miss that part of getting the paper. Just “settling” in with an old pal. I really do have to say, I miss my paper.
Where do you “get” your news? Would you pay for it online