All along I've known this, yet my obstinate nature continues to lead me down the print path. Although I enjoy watching World News, I prefer reading the New York Times. Although every professor at Lyndon tells me the jobs are in broadcasting, my path is newspapers.
Currently I write for the Littleton Courier. I'm a stringer. This means I am paid per article I write, and initially my articles were Police and Court News. (I have been requested by the public, however, to write a human interest story.)
Unfortunately not everyone agrees with me on the preference and necessity of the newspaper. It is due to convenience that my editor e-mailed me, stating that a full time reporter at the Berlin newspaper was laid off. It is also why my editor e-mailed me stating that I can no longer be paid for writing Police News.
I am shocked. To say the e-mail was unexpected, however, would be lying. I know newspapers are not in a stable condition. Despite that I'm still saddened. I don't want them to die out. Newspaper articles allow for fuller detail to be added in a story, versus the abrupt reporting on a news cast. They are also an experience to read. To hold a newspaper, feel it's gritty texture between one's fingers and breathe to breathe in the woody, papery fragrance is intoxicating. Newspapers draw people in. I love them.
I decided to continue writing Police News for the Courier. I will not be paid, but the satisfaction of seeing my name in the paper and to say I write for the Courier is pay enough. I don't ever want to lose newspapers. If anyone feels the same way I do speak up! Write fan letters to your newspapers. Tell others about their wonder. Keep them alive. I will continue to pay for and read newspapers till death do us part.