Reading newspapers is a habit from the past. You could ride the CTA or the Metra predecessor commuter trains and everyone was buried in a newspaper. Hard to imagine these days.
Now, readers are abandoning newspapers even faster at an "alarming" rate, reports Poynter.org
The 13th annual Pew Research State of the News Media Report documents another year of alarming declines for newspapers — the worst since the 2008-2009 recession.
Other sectors did much better, with revenues actually growing robustly both for cable channels (up 10 percent) and network news (up 6 percent for evening shows and 14 percent for mornings).
When I decided to become a journalist, Chicago had two morning and two afternoon newspapers. Picking journalism as a career seemed like a smart decision then, but alas. Times change and I won't share the lament that "people don't read anymore." I think it has become a question of what they read. And whether, in the digital information age they are reading the right stuff.
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