Why Are Newspapers Important?

Newspapers provide an outlet for large teams of reporters to report media that may be overlooked by major television or online news stations. Newspaper reporters learn to cover various "beats" locally, allowing them to develop relevant news stories. Television stations often lack adequate staff to do this.

Newspapers allow reporters to connect to the average person. Many television anchors and personalities are extremely wealthy, which makes it difficult for them to be relatable to many people. Some people also question a wealthy person's ability to take a neutral stance when reporting. Newspaper reporters are usually paid similar salaries as other members of the community, such as teachers or police officers.

Newspapers tend to have more stories that matter to readers, because many of the stories are about things that affect citizens' day to day lives. For example, a television news station may not cover local school activities or new businesses, whereas a newspaper may have an entire section devoted to these occurrences.

Many television news programs focus their efforts on high-profile topics that attract viewers. Newspapers have the resources to cover both minor and major stories. Some stories require significant amounts of research and preliminary legwork, and newspapers are able to fund these lengthy processes. Television stations lack the resources to be able to stay on one particular story for a prolonged period. Newspapers are an ideal platform for investigative journalists.