Well I didn’t cancel my subscription, I just downgraded it to Sunday-delivery only, but that’s not as exciting a headline. In journalism school, I learned the importance of a catchy headline.
Enjoying one final read of today's paper.
I also learned the value of journalism. And the Washington Post definitely delivers quality journalism every day.
So why, you ask, did I cancel?
Was it because as a proud member of the under-thirty crowd (albeit for 10 more months), you get all your news online?
Not really – I read a lot of news on my iPhone, online and with my favorite RSS reader, but I still greatly enjoy sitting with a newspaper over breakfast and coffee perusing headlines, reading advice columns and the funnies — and have done so my whole life.
So then, was it because of all the cuts newspapers have made over the years, resulting in a thinner paper with more copy errors?
Nope, not that either. I don’t mind that the Post combined the business section with the front section of the paper – now I actually read some of those stories! And none of the sections of the paper that I read religiously have truly suffered – Dana Milbank’s hilarious Washington Sketch columns, Amy and Roxanne’s Reliable Sources and Carolyn Hax’s adictive advice column, plus most of the front section. There is still a strong selection of international news and hard-hitting investigations. True, I’ve noticed many more copy errors since all the buyouts, but it didn’t cause me to cancel. Try again.
As a print journalism major from a great DC school, don’t you feel guilty turning your back on one of the industry’s shining beacons?
I do indeed. But not guilty enough.
The real reason I canceled my subscription has nothing to do with the reasons everyone sites will be the ultimate downfall of the print news business. Our industry has spent years churning over dropping subscription numbers and negative profit margins for newspapers in the U.S. Most analysts conclude the problems we’re facing are because of: a dangerous mix of greed from media execs, a lack of insight and innovation from newspapers everywhere, and a wealth of creativity from non-news organizations replacing the void online.