As the web editor to The Globe, it might seem a little preachy of me to talk about using the web version of the paper, but I talk about it because it’s a part of my daily life.
Part of my job is to upload our articles online, make sure readers have access to the proper links within the articles and to make sure everything is working.
Part of the reason I enjoy my job is because it allows me to see the other side of the very thing I enjoy doing, which is consuming media.
I consume a lot of media ranging from textbooks to comic books, magazines to online articles and both digital and print newspapers. I keep up with a lot of outlets via social media and RSS readers on various devices.
There are certainly benefits to both digital and print media.
With digital the most important thing to me is the fact that it saves paper and trees. The accessibility and portability of digital is nigh unbeatable, but one of the advantages of paper news is that it’s a record. A physical record that can be framed, cut, folded and reused.
Along the many uses of newspaper is also the benefit from the fact that it doesn’t require an internet connection in order to be accessed.
The main point that I’m trying to make is that we should partake of both sides, digital and analog.
Ten years ago it wasn’t an option, and we were restrained to just paper, but now we can pick up a paper and cut out our favorite articles to post on our walls, while at the same time receiving the latest news alert via our social media feeds.
Both have advantages, but let’s not limit ourselves to one or another. We have options, let’s explore them.