For some time now I have wanted to write about what a “GREAT” news paper the Indianapolis Star is; well maybe not great but, “COOL”; no, not cool, but “UNIQUE”. Yes, unique is it. (to borrow an old joke) It’s like catching a rabbit, “u- nique up on it”.
With the decrease in Super Bowl hype, the Star has dwindled down, down, down in size. It’s like all of a sudden there’s a paper shortage and/or a news shortage. But then it was “thin” before the Super Bowl. It has been my contention lately that soon there would be more pages in the “Extra Section” than in the “Sports Section” and I wrote a comment to that effect to “Let it Out”, but of course it didn’t get printed. My comment must have been to negative. BUT, guess what!! Yesterday they tied. Four pages to each section and the sports section had more advertising. I still think it will happen yet.
Today, Sat., Feb. 25, the paper was not only confusing, but, I think, put together by a committee. You know, those same people who made the camel………..The front page was mostly sports news except for an article at the bottom about making guitar picks and an article about a diet pill which would have served a better purpose if it had been thrown in the round file. The front page is for “breaking news” not sports……….The Metro+State Section was pretty normal except as usual all the abbreviated stories on page B2 were old news and were available via other media the day/night before and earlier in the week….Then there was a section called “Cars”. Not much news, but a lot of car ads. The thing is that Sections A, B and C were all padded with pages of car ads to make them look thicker instead of putting them in the car section. The Sports section had a whopping 10 pages today. It usually has 4 or 5 including ads. Page 10 was completely car ads. Three of the other pages were 3/4 covered with car ads. I’m not complaining about the ads, only their placement. I understand that advertising is the life’s blood of any newspaper……….The “Home+Garden section” was a farce. Two articles about two plants, a calendar and what to do in the garden in March. The calendar was pretty much a repeat of an earlier one and the few home articles applied to a very few wealthy people. One would think there wasn’t any news in this country or the rest of the world. There are several local, national and foreign news agencies that would be happy to furnish news to the Star if the Star reporters and editors would do their jobs.
When I moved to this city in 1954, there were two newspapers. The Star, a morning paper and The News, an evening paper. We had complete news coverage, competition, varied opinions of the news, more photos and more political “interpretations”. Both the Star and the News had great Sunday additions with write-ups about local events of schools, garden and other clubs, etc. that covered 2 or 3 pages. When the Star was bought out by its present owners, the paper started going down hill and it’s still sliding. BUT, unfortunately, nothing lasts forever. With the introduction of television and computers many things have changed. On the internet, we can read what is happening all over the world within minutes of it’s happening, But I am “old school”. I like to read the paper every day and do the crossword and other puzzles. But, more and more the news is being read on the internet rather than in the newspaper. The same thing is happening with T.V. news…………….Are newspapers becoming one of those things that won’t last forever.