Something big is happening today in the world as we know it. The Newspaper Association of America, the trade group that has looked after the interests of major newspaper publishers since 1887, will no longer include the very word that defined it: “Newspaper.”
The new name will be News Media Alliance. The number of newspapers in the world has been dropping every year. The world is going digital. In the future our grandchildren will ask, “Grandma, what was a newspaper?”
They say the word “Newspaper” isn’t big enough to describe the industry anymore. Media comes at us in so many forms. Every night, in bed in the dark, while John sleeps, even I check my news apps on my phone to catch headlines of what’s going on in the world. That’s about all I have time for, but it keeps me in the loop just a bit.
Our world is changing. Some things are hard to let go of, like paper. I like reading books that I can hold with pages I can turn. I wonder if they, too, will be taken out of our future. I feel sad about some of these changes. I’m feeling old and tired of trying to keep up with the times. It makes me want to take a walk to a corner store and put a quarter in the newspaper dispenser and take a paper from off the top of the stack.