Because today is International Newspaper Carrier Day, our Sunday Scribblings prompt for this week is Newspaper. If you decide to write a post based on this week’s prompt, be sure to go back here and share your link so everyone can see how you interpreted things! Here’s what I did with it…
I’ve never had a subscription to the local newspaper. I think my parents did off and on over the years when I was growing up, but the newspaper is not something I would read on a regular basis. Sure, I would browse through it if Dad pointed out an interesting article. But, as a kid, I was mostly interested in finding the Extra section so I could read the comics.
My favorites were Garfield, Peanuts, Dennis the Menace, Family Circus, For Better or Worse. Above all others, though, were The Far Side and Calvin & Hobbes. As I grew into adolescence, I stopped caring about all but those last two, feeling that all the others were incredibly redundant. Oh… look at that… Garfield pushed Odie off the table again… isn’t that hilarious!
Unfortunately, Calvin & Hobbes and The Far Side both ended around the same time in the mid-90s. Really made seeking out the Extra section less of a priority. Well… until I discovered that I was actually pretty good at solving the daily crossword puzzles.
But that really didn’t become a thing for me until I was working for the bank back in 2008. I worked in two different branches while I was living in North Carolina and both of them received daily copies of Raleigh’s News & Observer. And every day that I worked, if customers had not gotten around to destroying the paper by the time lunch came and went, I would find the crossword and see how quickly I could complete it. As time went on, I got faster at finishing these puzzles. They tended to use a lot of the same clues…
Side bar… I also got pretty good at the daily Sudoku.
There are times when I wonder how long the daily newspaper will continue to exist. With the internet being what it is, how much longer will it necessary for publishers to keep printing the daily news? I’m sure there will always be holdouts who want to have that daily subscription that they can hold in their hands and read while they have their morning coffee. Folks who will want to continue experiencing the smell of the newsprint and feel that ink rub off on their fingertips. But, as time goes by, will those holdouts dwindle?
A part of me always wondered what it would have been like to go into journalism when I was in school. I’ve always enjoyed writing. But when I tried to write for the school paper in high school, I was accused of putting too much of myself in my writing. Maybe that meant that I had a difficult time staying objective when writing about certain topics. I kind of feel like that’s something I could have learned as I grew as a writer. Maybe in an alternate reality…
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