I grew up with a newspaper delivered daily. As an adult I have continued this tradition, which, if you read anything about newspapers, is not the trend. If anything more and more people are not getting a daily newspaper anymore. A recent New York Times articles says that newspaper circulation is down 10 percent or more, what with people getting their daily dish via the Internet.
I’ll admit that I have the New York Times headlines sent to me via email, and I follow the Philadelphia Inquirer’s news via its tweets on Twitter. Neither is helping these papers’ circulation numbers, but it does help keep me informed.
The paper I pay for and have delivered daily is the local-local one–the newspaper that covers my county. We started getting it years ago when my husband was running for–and then was elected to–the school board. Being in the know about local news is key when you’re in local politics. While his term ended in 2009 and he did not seek re-election, we’ve continued the newspaper delivery.
Clearly, one of the benefits of getting the newspaper delivered is the coupons that come in the Sunday paper. The Coupon Council says that the average family saves between $5.20 and $9.60 using coupons. But I started to wonder this past Sunday if all the newspaper that ends up in my recycling bin each week from a week’s worth of delivered papers is worth the “waste” of getting the paper every day and if the yearly subscription is worth the money I save from getting those coupons–especially when I can go online to get coupons.
Based on those Coupon Council numbers, the subscription is definitely worth it. Even saving on the low end of the estimate ($5.20) provides $270.40 worth of savings annually, and I’m not even paying half that for the yearly subscription.
But I do wonder how long I’ll continue my tradition of the daily newspaper delivery. I mean, with the introduction this past weekend of the iPad, on which I could read my daily newspaper (I don’t have an iPad), at what point does the daily newspaper in print become obsolete? As someone who grew up reading paper publications and getting a degree in journalism, this possibility makes me sad. But at the same time I have to accept that it might just be the new reality of old journalism. But then what will I read when I enjoy my morning cup of coffee?
What about you? Do you still get a daily paper? Or do you get all your news digitally these days?