One-by-one they close.
The news is about newspapers, which are very close to my heart. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer stopped the presses yesterday and went to an all digital format. The Rocky Mountain News ceased all operations two-weeks ago and other major newspapers are in trouble.
It was the late 80’s when I got my start as a newspaper sportswriter and loved every minute of it. Working my way up to Long Island Newsday, where I got my feet wet, covering a Saturday afternoon football game and then rushing by car back to the newsroom to bang out my piece for the Sunday edition, was the dream. As the years went by, I switched to all digital writing, with an occasional piece appearing in a newspaper.
When I speak to classes about writing, I tell them I’m a newspaperman first because that’s what I am. But, the uncertain future about newspapers is sinking in. They are going away slowly and many writers are finding themselves on the unemployment line. I still have all my columns in my portfolio and cherish them. I still have the memory of the sports departments that I strolled in to write my piece. Slowly, the memory will fade and newspapers will forever be remembered.
Until then, see ya in sports!