When I heard my editor gasp from his office last week, as he read there were major staff cuts to the newsrooms of the Star-Ledger in New Jersey and the Easton-Express Times, it made me think how grateful I am that Lehigh Valley Business is a niche newspaper, and one that is continuously growing and expanding.
I can't tell you how rewarding it feels when our office manager makes her rounds to each of our desks to hand out the weekly print issue of the Lehigh Valley Business newspaper – hot off the press.
After the hard work of everyone on our staff, from both the editorial and sales team and everyone in between, it feels so wonderful to see that work come to fruition, and be able to hold it in my hands.
There is some sort of nostalgia to it.
It's almost the same excitement that I remember, as a child, when the neighborhood paperboy would drop the local newspaper in front of my doorstep at home.
When I was in high school, I would take the newspaper inside every weekday morning and read it at the breakfast table before heading off to school.
I remember reading many of the articles in their entirety and feeling very equipped and knowledgeable, to face whatever the day had in store for me.
Now, my mornings are spent surfing the Internet, catching mostly the main headlines of what is going on in the world and locally, while toggling between many different screens, checking my email, bank account, social media and the weather.
A much more disconnected and unfocused experience than 30 years ago, for sure, and definitely not one that makes me feel armed and energized for what the day has to bring.
I am certainly not a hoarder, but I do keep stacks of newspapers and educational books in my room, which I refer back to very often, as well as other written materials and workbooks that I have acquired throughout my life's journey.
Sure, I could just as easily look up an article on the Internet to be abreast of the news or search for an answer to a specific question, but picking up a newspaper, book or periodical feels so much more real, tangible and in the moment.
So, as the Internet can be very convenient and fun in many moments of my day and my children's day, whether for work, school or free time, the value in the written word will always remain truest to me.
I only hope the newspapers of our world stay around as long as possible, because there is nothing greater than a reporter getting out in the trenches and writing for print, as the voice of the community and the world, a value that the Internet can never replace.