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The Daily Delivers, but...

February 4, 2011 - Steve Schulwitz
I love newspapers. I love the feel, smell, crinkling sound they make when I turn a page, and of course, the content inside them. Maybe that is why I believe the talk of the demise of printed news is overstated.

I acknowledge the way people report and digest news is changing, quickly. The wheels of change have been spinning in that regard for some time and may have been capped off with the introduction of The Daily on Wednesday. But I also feel there is, and always will be, an important place in society for printed news.

The Daily is dispersed to its readers via an application on Apple's iPad and is the most interactive news source I have ever encountered. The blend of multimedia tools, such as video, audio and 360-degree viewable photos create a reading experience unlike anything I have witnessed yet.

There are no pages to turn, no folding involved, and with a simple touch or "swipe," the reader can navigate their way through an issue. Because of the uniqueness of the iPad, you can prop the devise on your lap to read, or hold it in front of you as you would an actual newspaper. I was very skeptical about how the Internet paper would turn out, but much to my surprise, it turned out better than I expected. It provided me with the information I was searching for, plus added an element of entertainment. Heck, even the ads are interactive.

Even though I enjoy what The Daily offers, to me it's just not as enjoyable or as personable as reading a more traditional style paper. I am not saying that because of who my employer is but because I truly can't imagine life without traditional newspapers.

If paper media were to die, as many predict, It would be a shame. Especially for communities such as ours, which show a great amount of passion, pride and dedication toward its daily printed news source.

There are other aspects that will be missed also. How would proud parents and grandparents put photos and news clips of their children and grandchildren on the refrigerator? That would be tough to do unless you mount a computer monitor on it somehow.

Keepsakes such as wedding, birth and obituary announcements would lose their luster as well. How many people know someone who store these printed memories in Bibles, and you stumble across them from time to time? The wear and yellowing of the personal treasures seem to make them become more valuable as the clippings age from year to year, but they never seem to fade as much as you would have thought. Sort of like memories.

These are just a few examples of how a newspaper, especially one you have grown close to, becomes personal with its reader. Some think it is nothing more than a piece of paper with ink on it, but in fact, it is much more.

The tangible newspaper is a living entity that grows, shrinks, talks and shares. It educates, offers advice, mourns, jokes, laughs and celebrates. I don't think you can get much more personal than that, or ever replace that.


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