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Are newspapers necessary nowadays? Newspapers have been a very important aspect of our lives for hundreds of years and the only window for people to the news around the world for quite some time. From the origin of printed press in Italy, to the first newspaper in Britain discovered by Mr. George Chalmers in 1558 reporting on the Spanish armada, to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal in the 1920's writing on latest reports on the Wall Street crash to the news around the world relating the incident of 9/11, newspapers have certainly been an integral part of our daily existence. But with the new era of 21st century, where other dominant media such as internet, television, and radio to a certain extent, have almost taken over our entire lives completely, have the good old newspapers lost their relevance over the years? ...read more.


Some people believe that newspapers are mostly read by the older generation of people, above 50 who think and believe in the old practices. They claim that the younger generations do not believe in reading papers at all. Well, a recent finding by The USA Weekend Survey1 of 65000 students revealed that teens in America are not only reading newspapers but also find them relevant and reliable. Even the Newspaper Works2 survey suggests that newspapers are on the personal agenda on all age groups surveyed, not just older people. Others claim that it is better to follow the lead of internet, television and radio, but newspapers are vital to maintain good old habits in the coming generation. With extensive technology, reforms and gadgets, reading might almost get as extinct as a dinosaur. ...read more.


Moreover, newspapers are conserving trees rather than destroying them as most newspapers are made from recycled paper. Hopefully, newspapers shall never be a dying entity and journalism shall never be a dying art, as their play a pivotal role in our lives. Television and web browsing may seem attractive, but the real educative knowledge comes from the newspapers. According to me newspapers are the way forward to a more aware society- a society where every single person, rich or poor, young or old can understand issues that are affecting our country and the world around us. 1 The USA weekend is a newspaper and magazine in America. http://www.usaweekend.com/04_issues/040411/040411teen_survey.html 2 The Newspaper Works is the industry body of the major Australian newspaper publisher and acts as a resource center for advertisers and agencies as well as publishers and the broader industry. http://slicemedia.blogspot.com/2008/06/newspapers-today.html ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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