All the news stuff that's fit to print

Facing a slow death, newspapers are desperately trying to reach young readers with dumbed-down tabloids full of stories about Kobe, Britney and dental bling.

Hilary Brown is a genial 20-year-old junior at Northwestern University. She's currently an intern at San Francisco magazine and her goal, she says, is to work as a magazine writer. But for all her interest in journalism, Brown has never warmed to reading a daily newspaper. And when she does read a paper, she's not reaching for the New York Times or for her big local daily, the Chicago Tribune, whose coverage she calls "repetitive." There's too much else to follow -- too much to do, she says -- for her to read the news in the detail in which the Tribune provides it. For instance, Brown points out, every day the Tribune features news on Iraq, but little of the news is compelling or new; it's all follow-ups, side details to one big-picture story, which is that things in Iraq aren't going well.

Brown gets her news from three main sources, and each gives her a general impression of what's happening in the world. She watches "The Daily Show," which she says provides "a good grasp of what's going on." She occasionally reads the Sun-Times, Chicago's smaller competitor to the Tribune, which she likes for its size. And she frequently picks up RedEye, the free, daily commuter paper published by the Tribune and aimed at young people in Chicago.

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Publicado por Manuel 20:24:00  


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