Print news is worth it

Eric Zavinski – Editor in Chief

If you have been a long-time reader of The Clarion Call, you will have also likely noticed our motto: “Print Is Not Dead.”

To those who are not attached to the field of journalism, it could be simple to dismiss the mantra of our staff as a phrase for cheerleaders who are against the move toward electronic-exclusive news media.

It is actually not that; at least, it is not only that. After all, The Call still has an online presence to go along with our printed editions every Thursday during the academic year. We even put out a few online-only editions throughout any given school year.

Like most working reporters and editors, we here at The Call recognize the need for online forms of media, especially in terms of its convenience and reliability. The internet is in the palms of our hands; a paper might be a tad further away.

My argument is that it might just be worth picking up that paper after all. It might not be as quick or shareable as our online version, but before I make a case against myself, I will list the pros of feeling our paper in your hands.

In fact, one of my favorite things about a physical newspaper is having that tangible source of information. With most of the things many younger audiences read today on computer or TV screens, feeling the traditional crispness of twelve Clarion Call pages provides a nice change of pace.

I find that words and photographs in ink usually seep into my brain more than lit up pixels on a computer screen. Something about the physical immediacy of an object feels right, and when it is in every bin in every building on campus, picking up a copy seems like a no-brainer.

When folks like our readers pick up our newspaper, it makes us feel fulfilled as its creators too. A physical object not only helps retain and archive information for the sake of informing present readers with the news and future readers with history, but it also stands as testament to the hard work of dozens of student journalists.

Even with the analytics of modern websites and social media, something about the immediate gratification of seeing someone reading the paper lets the news staff know, even better than in the online format, that people are enjoying our paper. When someone cares enough to pick up the physical edition, it really means something.

Something physical is more so a permanent collection of the stories of the time. While backups online may also suffice, engaging that sense of touch with a print edition is something unique to reader and writer alike that should not be lost to time.

What about you? Do you need a printed copy of The Clarion Call in your hands to get the full experience of what local Clarion University journalism has to offer?

No matter your preferred method of reading, “Print Is Not Dead” continues to be our motto, not due to plain stubbornness, but because of the physical interaction with the news that we at The Call think cannot be beat.

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