Newspapers and major events: A match made in heaven…

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A pre-read for #CommsChat on 14 June, 2010.

It has been more than 160 days since I read a physical newspaper as part of my 2010 ‘newspaper-less’ experiment.

I haven’t posted an update about my progress for a while and the reason is simple: I have been surviving pretty well without them.

This will be severely tested from tomorrow when 2010 FIFA World Cup begins.

I’m nervous….

A match made in heaven

Newspapers and major events are the perfect couple.

  • How many of you have kept a copy of a newspaper that features a story / picture about a major milestone in your lifetime?
  • How many of you have a World Cup wall chart / fixture up in your house?
  • How many of you will keep the obligatory middle-page spread poster of the team who wins the big prize on 11 July?
  • How many of you plan to keep a copy of a newspaper from the day your first child is born?

I can’t see myself bookmarking a page from a website when (ok, if!) little Adam Jnr is born.

I can’t see myself keeping the mobile I used to Tweet from when Australia win this year’s World Cup (you’ll notice ‘if’ wasn’t used on this occasion).

Until I began this experiment I never really considered these things before.

And, to be honest, it has made me a little sad.

What else am I missing out on?

Without weeping too heavily, I was hoping you could have a think about what other little joys I am missing out on by not reading physical newspapers this year.

It’d be great to compile a list and maybe remind each other why they play a part in our lives we are fond of.

Anyone care to help?


Note: To find out more about this week’s #CommsChat topic: “Newspapers: Dead by 2020?” follow the official account on Twitter @CommsChat.


  • Reply June 10, 2010

    Jason Mollica

    First off, I still love reading an actual newspaper. It’s great to sit with the paper and a coffee in my living room. However, the times are changing and I don’t think you are missing out on all that much by NOT reading/buying one.
    Yes, I have a number of newspapers from big events (when the NY Giants won their last Super Bowl, the NY Times after 9/11, for example.). There is something about the front page of a paper when a big event happens. I’m sure there will be a ton of Chicago folks saving the front page of their paper today after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. The same could be said if England wins the World Cup.

    Newspapers capture moments like an internet page can’t. I don’t see myself printing out an webpage and framing it for my wall. I have a number of newspaper front pages on my wall, though.

    Despite the number of newspapers falling by the wayside, they still hold a special place in many hearts. I think the historical factor plays a big part in that.


  • Reply June 10, 2010

    Adam Vincenzini


    I know…I feel your pain!!

    There is something special about things that appear in print.

    It’s one of the reasons why, come 1 January 2011, I will spend the entire day reading newspapers!!!


  • Reply June 11, 2010


    Hey Adam,

    Definitely agree that milestones and big moments are captured well in newspapers and we definitely hold on to them. There are also moments where people you know locally friends or family make it in the papers and you’d want to keep that copy…

    Meanwhile @jackieadkins put up a nice post on catching the World Cup on Social Media – . This should help.


  • Reply June 11, 2010

    Matt @ Montage Comms

    I still buy the Rugby Paper as it has great insight and analysis and the wife will not let me bring the Mac book into bed on a Sunday morning 🙂

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