Last night I decided to escape the 'real world' and went out to my grandparents' for a sleepover with my cousins. When dinner was finished and they all ran off to text or play video games, my grandma and I were the only ones remaining at the table. It started with the usual "how's school?" and eventually progressed to my journalism degree and working on the school newspaper.
"Every morning, I start the coffee and walk out on the porch and get my newspapers," she said.
I smiled; it was refreshing to hear that people still enjoyed the hard work put into a newspaper.
"Newspapers are so important," she continued. "You can't not have them. They have a purpose, but they aren't being used for that anymore."
"The local newspapers were for local things...but now you open them up and you see everything you can see by turning on the television. If I wanted to know what was going on with the President or in national sports, I would turn on the television. I open the newspaper in the hopes that there will be stories about the locals and the tee-ball team."
Her thoughts made so much sense. Why can't her newspaper provide her with the information she can't get somewhere else like on television or the Internet? (If she had a computer.)
It sort of makes you wonder where exactly newspapers are headed. Although countless people have reminded me that I will never be successful in the print journalism world, I know that it is ultimately what I want to do. There are too many stories out there that will go untold if no one steps up to redefine this media and share the stories of the world. I keep pushing on to tell the stories of the people, for the people. To me, that is the greatest pleasure of them all.