If you're reading newspapers, you're probably an old person

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 last edition of the esteemed Chicago Daily News. It's where I started more than 50 years ago.

The last edition of the esteemed Chicago Daily News. It's where I started more than 50 years ago.

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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