Flip it!

Arthur Sulzberg Jr. once said, “Newspapers cannot be defined by the second word—paper.  They've got to be defined by the first word—news.” These days GenZ (people born between the late 90s and early 2010s) is no longer interested in reading newspapers. Fortunately, I have been having the righteous habit of flipping the pages of newspaper since I was young, most probably in 7th standard. And in not only one, two but three languages. Perhaps there are many more experienced people who not just read papers but take a deep dive in the ocean of news daily. But the fact that newspaper is not something which is adored much by the newer generation cannot be denied too. There are several reasons why newspapers are not being read by young people in many countries. The most important one is the evolution of information technology. One no longer has to read a newspaper to stay updated about the latest happenings in the world. It is now possible to get instant updates from the internet. Another reason for this loss of interest is that youngsters need byte sized information and lack the required patience to read long news reports. Also, they have little interest in topics such as politics and business which receive undue coverage in traditional media. However, everyone should read newspapers because these are authentic sources of information. This is not exactly the case with social media where gossips spread faster than truths. It is also said that if you want to improve your language then newspapers are the best place to go. It includes the words of some highly intellectual people around us. Reading them will ultimately lead to progress. In order to win the attention of young people, stories like sports & entertainment should be given more coverage. Only counting the benefits of newspapers can't reap anything. To conclude, young people don't read newspapers because they can receive news updates from anywhere today. Also they are not interested in the topics discussed extensively in news (you can't ignore Indian politics though😬). However, by creating content that interests new readers, anything is possible. For this we need more and more young people in the field of content writing and journalism so that creative ways of representation emerge and people show interest in the huge world of news articles. “The newspaper is a greater treasure to the people than uncounted millions of gold.” 💕 - Henry Ward Beecher

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