Read a Newspaper, Cover to Cover – Day 5 and 6

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January 2, 2018, publication of the Wall Street Journal. Family and life tempo ensured it this would not be completely read for a couple days.

John F. Kennedy seemed like a pretty squared away dude. Apparently, he did some things. Well, word has it, he read six newspapers a day before breakfast…cover to cover. I can hum through some literature at a pretty decent clip, but I am by no means a speed-reader. No idea how Jack did it.

Nowadays, technology has flipped how we ingest news upside down. So much so, my son needed a long explanation as to how a newspaper vending rack worked and in what century people actually used them when we came across one at a museum in Boston.

It’s no secret, reading a reputable periodical, online or in print, is going to help keep you sharp and current in the business world.

Potential Importance

In 2018, it’s possible all forms of media are compromised, but I like the idea that the Post, Times, Globe, and Journal are at least ran through the wickets of an editor interested in keeping their job. Certainly, a lot better credibility vetting than most of those jokers out there. I’m sure that’s up for debate, too. Regardless, it is basically impossible to filter through the trash on Twitter, Mashable, Huffington Post, and whatever other outlet when it comes to online publications.

The point here is, despite losing market share to the hundreds of other “media outlets,” there is still an important space for the big guys.

Today’s Thing

So, for today’s “thing” x2, I read a newspaper, specifically The Wall Stree Journal, cover to cover. For years I have read articles from the WSJ or the Times, but I don’t believe I have ever picked up a full hard copy. I get The Washington Post on my doorstep on the weekend, but I almost always ignore Section A and spend most of my time sifting through articles in the Sports and Business section. If time allows, I’ll give the Metro and Travel section a gander.

With only 15-20 minute spurts to read uninterrupted, the task took the better part of three days, which leads me to believe power reading is a must, and to make the time in the paper useful, you have to make some tough choices about what will actually get read.

What I liked about it

  • It was distraction free. No pop-outs, notifications, or texts. Just words in print lit by the kitchen’s recess lighting.
  • Made me feel smart. Funny but useful. It felt like it created a state of mind that I was spending time doing something meaningful.
  • Part of the problem with newspapers is that it feels like old news by the time it hits the stands. And in this day and age, it is. Turns out, it might actually be a good thing. Perhaps, just for a moment, the story has time to breathe a little when it’s read in the paper.

There is a good chance I will be making the swap from the Post to the WSJ very soon. A lot less editorializing and straight reporting. I like that and it was far more beneficial when it comes to understanding economic and financial news and the markets.

Every day? I would love to, but can’t do it. Not with the time I will be dedicating to the Bible and the reading program I am working through, but if there is some downtime at work, I am definitely going to make more of an effort to head down to the library we have and work through their free copy. One way or another, The Wall Street Journal1)And other daily publications is going to find its way into my reading regiment.


Day 5 Task, 5 January 2018: Start reading a newspaper cover to cover

Day 6 Task, 6 January 2018: Finish reading a newspaper cover to cover

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1. And other daily publications

About Brent Nichols

My blogging is, no doubt, all over the map, but hope you'll find something just right for you. Currently living in the D.C.-metro area in Northern Virginia. You know what? I think I kinda like it out here.

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