Think Like an Editor blog by Steve Davis and Emilie Davis, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University

Make reading newspapers a daily routine

By · Thursday, October 14th, 2010

I have been thinking lately about the many memories I have of newspapers, going back to childhood when my brother and I would be so entertained by simply pressing a blob of Silly Putty on the Sunday color comics and enjoying the image that we created. Looking for people I knew in the Brides Section. And, of course, catching up on the news.

Reading newspapers was a routine. A natural habit. For some of us, but probably not for everyone.

It’s kind of like a daily diet. Growing up, we were made to try everything. Just a taste. Not tasting was not an option, no matter how distasteful the dish might seem to us. And what we disliked the most — for me, the beans in pasta e fagioli — came to be a favorite. But had I not been forced to try those beans, time after time, I am sure the outcome would have been different.

Today, there are many more options for catching up on the news. I use them and enjoy them. Including the newspaper.

But for those who have not made it a habit to read newspapers, I say: Try it. Get a taste for it. You’ll never know how much you might like it unless you go back to it, time and time again. Or, as my father always said when we refused to really embrace a part of the meal, “You don’t know what you’re missing.”

Emilie Davis


A thought shared by France which provides their youth with a free daily paper, each day for a year.

The program is partially funded by publishers. But here’s the real win for newspapers: Public trust in the press during for those involved in the program increased significantly.

I should have thought like an editor before I hit “submit.” Sorry, for that typo. Should have read: “Trust in the press for those involved in the program increased significantly.”