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What can newspapers still offer that digitally delivered journalism cannot?

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Honest, verifiable news investigated by qualified journalists. Online news, in the main, stinks of hyperbole and hidden agendas.

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I guess the smell and the sound they make when you turn the pages

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Nothing and I haven't bought a paper for more than 20 years when there was a time I bought one or two every single day.

The J-wife still buys her daily paper which I don't object to because old newspaper is kept and used for wrapping the vegetables or other things.

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Crossword puzzles and comics...much better in paper form than digital. Also, I used to love the big thick Saturday and Sunday newspapers in Australia, with all sorts of interesting features. You could spend a couple of hours on the sofa reading them.

I enjoyed pullout features for special events. I could go straight to the section I wanted to read without the hassle of clicking on a story and waiting for the page to download.

I really miss the golden age of newspapers and so do friends of mine who use to work at newspapers.

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Packing material, to help protect dishes and other fragile stuff. It is also excellent bedding material for worms (vermicomposting). Also useful for starting a fire (BBQ).

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For wrapping fish and chips?

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Bertie

you're showing your age. They don't do that anymore. Health&Safety so they put it in polystyrene boxes instead and we know where those end up.

Cool winter evenings walking home, eating fish&chips from newspaper, those were the days my friend. And cod has long as your arm. All for a quid.

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Padding and protecting the table and catching drips when finger painting, or doing messy craftwork.

I have a friend who does her own haircuts sitting naked on a big spread of newspaper in the shower, then rolls it up and pops it in the trash before turning on the water. Saves a ton of money by not going to the hairdressers.

When I sorted through belongs of a family member who died at age 93, I found dresser drawers lined with 40-50-year-old newspaper. Underneath the newspaper were things like her report cards and graduation certificate from elementary school.

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Articles that once printed cannot be altered to cover up any mistakes or ineptitude of writers and editors. Even if a correction is printed in the next daily or weekly edition the original version still exists.

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Something that can be carried around and read without using any electricity.

Something that hat can be posted on a wall or bulletin board so that even those without a device have access to the news. Useful for evacuation centers. Posted outside the publishing company offices and on the racks in libraries, they are appreciated by those who can’t afford a subscription or a device.

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I like to read the newspaper when I'm traveling. Get a bit of local news while eating breakfast.

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@TrevorPeace

Honest, verifiable news investigated by qualified journalists. Online news, in the main, stinks of hyperbole and hidden agendas.

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Agree !

Also, once something is IN PRINT, it can't be erased - as so often news items on the net are sanitized & vanish.

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Also, once something is IN PRINT, it can't be erased - as so often news items on the net are sanitized & vanish.

Um... ever heard of book burning? And it's much easier to backup and replicate digital data than physical data to prevent this - just copy/paste or take a screenshot, whereas you'd need to reprint or photocopy printed data.

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Thousands of photos and prints survived the tsunami back in 2011, digital files on computers and storage media were lost... But no newspapers, they go soggy and rip when wet!

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Thousands of photos and prints survived the tsunami back in 2011, digital files on computers and storage media were lost...

Not if they backed up their data to online sites, like Google Photo which is free for 15GB. You need three backups for data, one should be online.

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