By Dave Barron
Many people do not read newspapers because they do not know how to. Their parents may not have read newspapers because they had to work two jobs to support the family and didn't have time. As a result, many of today's Generation X or the latest generation did not have any newspaper reading-role models.
First of all you do not need a computer or a smart phone. You do not need electricity - but you do need light, either artificial or sunlight. What you also need is a lap or table to support the newspaper. If you don't have either one, just hold it open with your hands.
If it’s a small publication like the Journal, you just need a small lap and a pair of hands.
You can sit on a bench, in a car in a bus or just stand anywhere.
HOW TO START: Some people start reading a newspaper from the back page and then work their way to the front. Some people start on the front-page move to the back. Some people start in the middle, also known as the “center fold.” Either way is okay.
SECOND: Scan the headlines and check out the pictures. If you see an inviting headline, we suggest you read the first paragraph, or lead. If it still interests you, continue reading it until you read the whole thing.
If you want to share it with your family or friends, you don't have to push any computer keys. You just yell out," Hey Look at this," or later on ask your friends, "did you read that article in the Journal."
THREE - It's also good to have a pair of scissors handy to cut out interesting pictures or stories (you don't have to scan them and save them which clutters your computer memory.) For especially memorable articles, you can simply post them on your personal bulletin board or the bulletin board in your work location. Please don't spend a half-an-hour to digitally scan, edit and post on some Facebook type of site. That may irritate some of your friends.
FOUR: As you scan the pages, keep a lookout for your favorite column such as Beachcomber (my column) or "Point of Law" written by Monty Manibog. You might also check for puzzles. Some newspapers with larger staffs even have restaurant reviews, movie reviews and, believe it or not - BOOK REVIEWS.
FIVE: CHECK OUT THE ADS: You should also check out the paid ads because there might be a bargain that you want. Or, check out the list of service providers such as a plumber or a dentist, in the business directory because you may eventually need their service. Unlike computer-based systems, you can always come back to them. They will stay on the same page and won't go away to cyber heaven.
SIX: Sharing: if you are reading the Sunday Times, you can share quite a bit. Unlike computers, reading a newspaper is not a solitary activity, although some people prefer peace and quiet.
As you read the sports section, the other person can read about movies or politics in another section.
After you finish, trade the sections, or read another section. After you finish reading the newspaper, don't throw it away! Fold it neatly in case someone in the family wants to read it. Be careful though, because if you have cut out any stories or pictures, they will want to see them.
After you are sure you have now more use for the newspaper, it has a second life! Used newspapers can be recycled and they are biodegradable.
You can wrap the garbage with newsprint because electric garbage disposals never do a 100% job. You can also use it to cover the bottom of the birdcage for you know what.
If you have any other suggestions on how to read a printed newspaper, please share them with us. (Please note: this is a draft and I want to add you suggestions.)