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Cathy Dee

It might be part of the "psyche" for people of a certain age, but for younger people, I think they could care less. The only paper my kids (29 and 30) and their spouses want to read is the Sunday paper with the ads. And these are all college grads! They get news on TV and online.
Not good news for papers that put investments into printing presses instead of online resources.

Dan Turkette

I read them both online, but would never pay for either one of the print versions again. As far as political leanings and/or opinions of either paper - yawn.

Steve Long

I'm not that qualified to answer, because I don't consistently read the papers, but it's my impression that the NS isn't exactly super-conservative, and the JG isn't super far-left liberal. Clearly, there's a difference, but I'm not sure it's as distinct as the description of the two Denver papers.

Zach Bonahoom

I agree with Cathy - BUT there ARE exceptions. I am 19 and read the paper daily (sometimes both if I can get my hands on the afternoon News Sentinel).

Having two newspapers is one of the truly unique aspects of our city, and young adults should recognize this before it is too late.

Internet news is fine for what it's worth, but the accuracy level of internet news is always in question - in this day and age TV news, unfortunately, is becoming the same way.

With the newspaper one knows exactly what they're getting, and can trust it as a reputable source, even if the editorial page tilts toward one ideology or another.

Scott Spaulding

Having been to many public meetings there is a noticeable difference in reporting and, more importantly, non-reporting.

I hope there will continue to be two sources for that reason.

K.E. Casey

Mr. Harper:

The answer to your question is no. Fort Wayne does not need two newspapers. Times have changed, so log on and keep it moving, right?

I'm sure that Westlaw cried for days and days with the arrival of the electronic database system, but think about how much better it is to do legal research in the digital age.

All I'm saying is that the point is moot, and we're supposed to limit our consideration to live cases and controversies. ;-)

Ed. note: You hit the important point - technological changes are spurring what Economist Joseph Schumpeter termed "creative destruction."

Robert Enders

Zach, the accuracy of print news is always in question. Sometimes the paper will already be on your porch before they realize a mistake has been made. At least with the Internet a mistake can be fixed quicker.

All reporters depend on their sources. But the people that they depend on for their information have their own interests to protect.

People do have an emotional attachment to print media, and there is a tendency to attach credibility to something you see in print. We'll all have to get over it. Print media has financial costs that online media doesn't have.

Tim Zumbaugh

I had subscribed to both papers (like my parents before me) since I'd lived in Fort Wayne. After much hand-wringing, I cancelled my NS subscription last fall, as it was getting so thin on news that it wasn't worth the effort to read. I fear it will suffer the fate of the majority of the other afternoon dailies across the country -- too much competition from TV and on-line media.

I still prefer the hard-copy morning newspaper, so hopefully that will survive. However, I now read that the new Kindle electronic book will have the ability to have the daily NY Times downloaded automatically each day, so who knows. If only they could download a hot cup of coffee.

J Howard

If you got a pet that you are trying to housetrain, you need newspaper.

Andrew Jarosh

Using newspaper to housetrain a pet? Lord. Is that what passes for originality these days?

Robert Enders

J Howard,
There are disposable cotton pads that you can buy that are cheaper than a subscription. For better or for worse, these pads do not have the faces of politicians printed on them.

John McFann

I get both papers for several reasons, a) it's always good to know what the "enemy" is thinking, b) The News-Sentinel tends to have more local news, and c) I get more comics to read, which often have more editorial content than the editorial page(s)and conversely, the editorial page(s) are often funnier than the comics. For example, in the 45 years I've lived in this town, the Scopes Trial has been continually rehashed on a regular basis in the Letters to the Editor. The only thing that's overshadowed it is the Harrison Square project.

I don't watch the TV news much because it's shallow, annoying and mostly commercials. If it weren’t for DVR's I wouldn't watch it at all. I do get a lot of my news online but it takes a while to ferret out my sources since the "information highway" has gobs more misinformation than facts.

I'd ramble on but it's after 2am and I need to take a blood pressure pill...I'm reviewing my yearly investment 1099's for my tax returns, getting my month end financial statements and trying to figure out how I'm going to pay bills and the latest Federal stimulus program. Those are beginning to sound a lot like the old Soviet 5-year plans...only every 5 months. Maybe I should run for Congress. I hear they have a bulletproof retirement plan.

Cynthia Cornwell

Mr. Harper,
I wonder how much "new" media does it take to bury an incumbent?
I seriously think that one medium won’t replace the previous, ie, radio didn’t dispose of newspapers, and TV didn’t dispose of radio.
But is the journalism that is printed, even worth paying for?
It isn’t especially when 60% of the readers of our daily newsprint don’t trust the news. In addition, local daily papers have cut themselves into irrelevance rather than concentrating on what would make them a value to the area.
Fort Wayne newspapers need to wake up!
Most of us care about children and the people around us, but we read next to nothing about the “good” news of our children and/or our neighbors in the daily papers.
So, do we really care if we have a daily paper? We can read the rest online.

Roger McNeill

I still trust the laws of supply and demand. My "demand" was for straight stories, honest reporting, and maybe some actual investigative reporting where they nail the bad guy occasionally, but all I got was Page 1 stories riddled with "could, might, should, many experts believe, according to polls" etc. I stopped my newspaper subscription years ago, not because of the internet, but due to a lack of balance and credibility.

Two papers? One paper? Zero? What's the difference? If you can't trust the content, the only question left is whether or not a subscription is worth the grocery store coupons.

I know it's a lot more complicated than this, but I still tend to think that newspapers and the traditional media wouldn't be where they are now if they hadn't tanked so obviously to the left so many years ago and lost subscribers like me. Or at least it might have postponed the inevitable.

Michael Kerney

Do not forget the free weekly part of the local print media biodiversity. Such that it is. I don't know if it's just my perception or do we have not very many for a town this size?

Not that they would ever, even all together, come close to replacing a Real Daily.

brian stouder

Another poster over at Nancy Nall Derringer's site posted this link to a thought provoking article in the WaPo by David Simon. The article asks the question - who will police the police, when beat reporters are gone?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02 /27/AR2009022703591.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Andrew Jarosh

Would it have been better if these newspapers "tanked to the right" instead? Would they have lost other subscribers as a result; between a rock and a hard place, huh?

Jason Blosser

Old copies of both papers are used to start fires in my back yard. Nothing more. One leans to the left, and the other leans toward wacky socialism. I read Drudge, FOX News, Fort Wayne Observed and other online papers that present the stories I want to read from the perspective I want to read them.

When my grandparent's generation passes away, so will the Urinal and the Senile.

Adapt or die.

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