How’s your life with no daily newspaper?


It was an unexpected announcement that put fear into the hearts of men.

The Birmingham News was going to publish three days a week.

As October 1, 2012 approached there were predictions of pandemonium.

It was going to be like the ten plagues of Egypt: 

  • Lice
  • Flies
  • Incurable boils
  • Locusts
  • Death of first-born
  • No daily newspaper

Grown men and women contemplated throwing themselves in front of speeding buses.

Alabama media group was depicted as evil.

Birmingham was described as a second rate city because it had no daily.

I was also fearful.  I’ve read The Birmingham News almost every day of my adult life and this was going to be a life changing event—like getting married or having children.

Then came the first day with no delivery…

Monday October 1st:  No newspaper–sun rose anyway.

Tuesday October 2nd:  No newspaper—I still seem to have a pulse.

Wednesday October 3rd:  Newspaper delivered, but I forgot to go outside and get it.

I immediately discovered there are many productive things I could do in the morning other than read the paper.

So how have I adjusted?

I read the al.com and Birmingham Business Journal e-mails everyday; I continue to read the paper newspaper—but at my convenience; when out of town I read The Birmingham News on my iPad. I still take great pleasure in reading the paper version of  the Sunday Birmingham News.

What about you?  How has no daily newspaper affected your life?

David Sher is a partner in Buzz12 Marketing. You can read more of his posts by looking for the “David Sher Posts” category in the sidebar of Buzz12’s website.


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