SURVEY SAYS: News in Print

With all the ways we can get news now, newspapers are struggling to sell print editions.

By Rebecca Moore | July 24, 2017
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Last week, I asked NewsDash readers, “Do you subscribe to the print edition of your local newspaper, and if you could only read one section, which one would it be?”

Seventy-two percent of responding readers subscribe to the print edition of their local newspaper, while 28% do not.

Asked if they could only read one section, which would it be, the top answer (49.3%) was local news, followed by comics and puzzles (16.4%) and sports (13.7%). Other choices included “home and leisure” (6.8%); “international news” (5.5%); “finance and business” (4.1%) and “obituaries” (4.1%).

In verbatim comments about print news and favorite sections, many readers expressed how they like the feel (and smell, I do that too) and relaxation that a print newspaper offers. Many only subscribe to the Sunday paper, some just for the coupons. One reader pointed out that I left out the Opinion/Politics section in my listing. While quite a few opt for TV or digital news (for the cheaper price and on-the-go access), it is clear from the comments that print news is preferred. Editor’s Choice goes to the reader who said: “I just love the feel of newspaper in my hands. I'm the same with books, give me paper not a cold device of some type. Ok I just gave away my age.” 

Thanks to all who participated in the survey!