-30-

i miss the familiar sunday sounds
the rustling pages of the paper
while my dad sipped his coffee
at the cluttered breakfast table

oh, newspapers, where have you gone
most of the writers are out of jobs
newsrooms lay quiet as computers hum
a yawn of farewell to the human touch

i miss football friday nights
the rush of writing on deadline
the comfort of the background noise
as i relay the events of each game

oh, newspapers, where have you gone
most of the writers are out of jobs
newsrooms lay quiet as computers hum
a yawn of farewell to the human touch

i miss the simplicity of interviews
quickly jotting quotes on my notepad
the expressions, the sounds, the joys
of experiencing it all in first person

oh, newspapers, where have you gone
most of the writers are out of jobs
newsrooms lay quiet as computers hum
a yawn of farewell to the human touch

i didn’t sign on to blog, tweet or facebook
to give you updates as i watch games unfold
you can read all about it in tomorrow’s paper
just as i did as a kid, eager to glean the pages

oh, newspapers, where have you gone
most of the writers are out of jobs
newsrooms lay quiet as computers hum
a yawn of farewell to the human touch

so now you only want to access all the news online
who needs a storyteller when you can google the score
no more wishing you had been there to see for yourselves
when you can sit on your asses each day of your sedentary lives

oh, newspapers, where have you gone
most of the writers are out of jobs
newsrooms lay quiet as computers hum
a yawn of farewell to the human touch

Originally written 10/3-4/2012. I was angry when I wrote this because so many people in the journalism industry have lost their jobs, many of whom I know and are among the most talented people I’ve ever met. The ironic twist is that I facebook, tweet and blog, and yet, I still fight against change because journalism just isn’t what it used to be. Gone is the personal touch. For those of you who don’t know what it means, -30- used to signify the end of a story when typewriters still were used way back in the day. But here and now, it has become the symbol of all the job butchering within the industry.

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