Why I Get More Than One (Virtual) Paper

James Fallows from the Atlantic Magazine wrote here, here, and here about why he gets more than one newspaper.

What he plainly shows in his posts is one of the first things my journalism professor at Oklahoma State made us aware of. In fact, we had to subscribe to at least two Oklahoma papers and at least one national paper. My local choices were The Daily Oklahoman (I think it’s just The Oklahoman these days), the now defunct Tulsa Tribune, the Tulsa World, and I think the Stillwater NewsPress. My national papers were USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.

I didn’t actually subscribe to all of those. A friend in the dorm had a girlfriend (Jen?) who was in my journalism classes, so she and I and a few other classmates split subscriptions, handing papers around. That’s not the point.

The point is that it built up a habit in me. I still consume a lot of print news in a given day. The difference lies with how I consume that news.

Going through three print newspapers every morning and three more in the evening consumed a huge chunk of time. I quickly figured out a method of scanning the papers. Even as my academic career careened off the girl-shaped cliff that became my ex-wife I still read the news. My consumption waxed and waned as life moved on but I always stayed up on current events.

These days I use technology to make my news consumption far more efficient.

This leads into a larger “What I Read” post that is forthcoming. Stay tuned!

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