As I pulled three bucks out of my wallet this this morning to pay for the Sunday Delaware News Journal, I realized that had been a very long time since I went to the corner drug store to pick up a newspaper. I crossed over from print to digital several years ago and I just haven’t looked back in that inky direction often. I was there to get a copy of the paper because the article that I’m featured in for the Delaware Style Files hit the stands today and I wanted to see how it translated from the digital version to the print.
The pros and cons of traditional print verses digital papers has been debated ad nauseam and I’m not jumping on that train. Though interestingly enough, I recently had a conversation with a reporter from a major newspaper and he informed me that his paper was planning on spending quite a bit of money in an attempt to get millennials to switch from digital newspapers to print.
That really stumped me. “Is that even possible?” I asked. He said he didn’t know the answer, but that he himself saw it as a very difficult task. He basically said that the future of the print paper depended on the switch occurring and that publications around the country were also brainstorming for similar plans.
I asked a very close millennial-aged friend of mine whether he thought he would ever start turning the pages of a traditional, print based newspaper and his response was, “Absolutely not!” Then, synchronistically, when I was purchasing the paper this morning, a 70-something year old acquaintance of mine was standing in line behind me with his copy of the paper. I asked him if he would ever consider going digital and he was as adamant about not reading the paper online as was my much younger friend for not reading print.
Clearly, a generational thing is in play here. Age-wise, I’m smack in between the middle of the two, but I prefer the digital for a variety of reasons. Though, to be fair, I will say that whatever ink is now being used in the actual printing, at least in the case of the Delaware News Journal, was nowhere near as hand smudgy and printing press scented (which truly used to give me an allergy attack back in D.C.) as they were about 15 years or so ago.
The print version of the article looked great and I enjoyed my trip down memory lane of sitting at the table with coffee and flipping through the sections. Plus – there’s the added benefit of the crossword puzzle which I will start, get half way through and then get lost in some app on my iPhone.
You can read the digital version of the Delaware Style Files featuring your’s truly here.