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Print media still has a role

Avoid straining your eye and outlook and ‘never say die’ is maybe what I understand of the writing by the NST group editor, Rashid Yusof (Jan 4).


Hardcopies reading need readers to read brilliant, biting and dazzling stories of interest.




The editor-in-chief wants ‘us’ to share our thoughts in ‘the 500 words ~ Letter to the Editor’ column and are ready to be criticized and comment.

Though many businesses are cutting back on their usage of paper and some are even converting to “paperless offices” as the likes of Malay Mail and the unsupportive instructions of not having certain news publishers in the libraries, as an educator I still prefer the hardcopies for readings.


Though the introduction of handheld personal reading devices soars, many media consumers still prefer hard copies of their favorite newspapers and magazines over digital articles.


Though in Malaysia the price of reading materials are ‘quite expensive’ as Malaysian seems unaffordable to buy printed copies yet many prefer printed copies as the means to get latest information

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As an educator, I would prefer the merits of reading a printed newspaper on a daily basis.


Reading a printed newspaper provides the reader with a flow of information that’s impossible for books to keep pace with.


Newspaper articles deliver comprehensive information on a variety of topics.


Very few other information sources provide the scope and detail on so many separate and interconnected events.


The information found in newspapers can assist you in important life decisions.


Local newspapers provide insight as to the events that affect your community in a way that national news outlets can’t.


For years, educators have recognized the value of newspaper articles as a resource to supplement traditional textbooks.


News stories can be used to demonstrate parallels between current events and historical lessons, to teach educational lessons, as fresh material to assign writing assignments, etc.


Teaching students about the importance of media in our life, educators help produce a sharper, better informed electorate, which is one of the reasons why so many institutions of higher learning require their educators to include media-related assignments in their syllabi.


Many publications offer student-discount subscription rates to encourage readership in that demographic.


If you’re attending college or a trade school, check to see if the magazine or newspaper you want has a student discount. The savings are often substantial.


Arguments that will successfully compel a person to do something that’s counter to their personal convenience are rare.


Eventually, when you missed news story that crosses your television screen be smart enough to run through the printed news.


Many physical-print readers will even grudgingly admit that they prefer the speed of web articles, but they will stubbornly stick to their print publications for the simple reason that it’s one fewer thing that they have to do on their phone or computer.


I used to send my writings to NST and other medias too, some are published and some not.


I tried very much to persuade my students to write to the ‘news’ but they responded that one need to be a Professor, a Tan Sri, a doctorate or a scholar as priorities are given to them.


They even ask me ‘how much do you get for writing and been published’. No compensation or token given to writers or senders.


You may have heard that newspapers don't pay as well as magazines. In some cases, that's true.


On the positive side, when I use my newspapers writing in the classroom, it helps students to look at things in a bigger scope and it improves their critical thinking skills since they cover a wide range of things all in one pack.


I sense that newspapers are more current than textbooks. There is a lot of information which can boost the performance of students in general.


Newspapers can be good tools of teaching students how to come up with a project the way newspapers do.


They are very helpful in language improvement if read frequently. They help improve the general knowledge as they reflect the current status of the country.


Newspapers can also contribute in enhancing literacy, and is an important educational resource as well.


Azizi Ahmad New Straits Times Opinion Letters 23 January 2019

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