Thursday, April 19, 2012

Questions for you

I mostly try to keep my work off here, but if you read for any length of time, you know that Michelle and I are journalists, as are our husbands. We're both editors now -- my husband, too -- but I was a reporter until a little more than a year ago, and Michelle's husband still is a reporter. And, as Michelle reported here, the two of us and my husband went last weekend to a reunion of the college paper where we all met. That reunion brought together nearly 200 former and current journalists, from the little old lady who was the second female editor of The Post (Michelle and I wanted to put her in our pocket and take her home, she was so cute and feisty) to the college kids just trying to find their first job out of school.

All of that was a long-winded way of saying that the state of newspapers, journalism and media consumption is often on my mind, especially so this weekend as I've come back to my job with all the memories of past newspaper people and the ideas for the future swirling around my head.

To that end, I have a few questions for you:
1. Do you read (in any way, shape or form) your local newspaper? How? How often?
2. What about regional or national news? How do you get it? How closely do you pay attention?

I also have a few more frivolous questions:
3. When you make grilled cheese, do you use butter or mayonnaise on the bread?
4. What Easter candy do you eat first? Last?
5. What's your favorite treat on a bad day?




To be fair, my answers:
1-2. I read our local paper in the process, of course, but also after the fact in a mix of online and in print. I also check in daily online with the major Florida papers, the NY Times and the AP Twitter feed. I also check in pretty regularly to the Washington Post, the major Ohio papers and journalism sites that send me papers all over the country to read best work.
3. I grew up using butter and that's what I prefer. Real butter, not margarine. Tonight, because we were out of butter, I tried mayonnaise, which I think is a southern thing, and it was pretty darn good.
4. PEEPS first! (But only yellow ones) Jelly beans last.
5. Chocolate anything. And permission to ignore everything and just sit in my chair with a book until I feel better.

10 comments:

A'Dell said...

I don't read my local paper. There a a bunch of reasons, but I just don't. (And I was a Journalism major!)

I watch Nightly News with Brian Williams, my local NBC news at 5 and that's about it. I subscribe to my small town's newspaper freed on FB, but it's mostly about when swim lesson registration opens.

I don't use butter, I just stick the bread in and it seems to brown up and melt just fine.i was very pleased with myself when I figured this out.

Cadbury Eggs. First AND last.

Wine. Wine is my bad day treat. I love me some wine.

A'Dell said...

Also, lots of typos! THANKS AUTOCORRECT!

Tara said...

1. I don't read my local paper. My mom cuts out articles she thinks I'll find interesting, or I'll get online to look if someone is discussing something.
2. I get other news from the Internet or tv. Usually MSNBC and googling top stories.

3. Butter. But now I'm curious about the mayo method.
4. Cadbury eggs. And Cadbury eggs.
5. York Peppermint Patties. Or Ice Cream.

Erin said...

1. Do you read (in any way, shape or form) your local newspaper? How? How often?

I will skim it online. I used to work for it, actually, and still do a touch of freelancing for the company's niche publications. However, the paper is not very good and the staff has been cut in half since I moved to the area in 2002. It shows in the coverage.

2. What about regional or national news? How do you get it? How closely do you pay attention?

I am an avid NPR listener. I will read news on my mobile phone (AP and NPR apps, usually). I skim the political stuff but try to stay up on social issues, health issues, and education.

3. When you make grilled cheese, do you use butter or mayonnaise on the bread?
Butter. The mayo idea sounds kinda cool!

4. What Easter candy do you eat first? Last?
Truthfully, I try to avoid it completely.

5. What's your favorite treat on a bad day?
Beer/wine!!!!!

Erin

d e v a n said...

1. Do you read (in any way, shape or form) your local newspaper? How? How often?
We used to get the Sunday paper, but it was delivered so unreliably that we stopped. Now we get our news from the local TV, and I follow several of the local stations on FB. Oh, and the Internet, of course.

2. What about regional or national news? How do you get it? How closely do you pay attention?
I'd say I get 70% of my news online, the other 30% from TV.


3. When you make grilled cheese, do you use butter or mayonnaise on the bread? Butter or nothing.

4. What Easter candy do you eat first? Last?
Chocolate anything, but especially Cadbury eggs.
Last is Jelly Beans or Peeps or anything jelly or gummy.

5. What's your favorite treat on a bad day?
A good coffee shop drink.

oma-k said...

I used to LOVE reading the local paper, but I gradually got further and further behind and finally admitted that I was never going to catch up (and it wasn't THAT big a paper). :(

So now I try to skim the local news by looking at the paper's website. That behavior will soon be curtailed because it appears they're now going to charge a monthly subscription fee.

Regional or national news? I listen to NPR (Morning/Weekend Edition, All Things Considered), skim the headlines of Yahoo News and a couple of local Denver news stations. I occasionally catch a local news broadcast, and sometimes stop on CNN or other news channels (usually my husband does this and I just happen to be in the room).

Love grilled cheese, but I rarely make it anymore because I'm trying to avoid dairy. Growing up, my mom always used margarine (on the outside of the bread, nothing on the inside but velveeta). I use butter. Never heard of mayo (it sounds awful).

Easter candy -- I only buy (and eat) what I like, and nibble in no particular order: Cadbury cream eggs, "Robin's eggs" (or malted balls), M&Ms, Reese's peanut butter eggs.

Although I love chocolate and other "comfort foods," I'm not an "emotional eater." I don't go diving into food when things go wrong, nor do I lose my appetite (as my husband does). Going for a walk (or any kind of exercise, for that matter) is the best thing to help me feel better.

k said...

1. I'll scan the headlines electronically of our local paper, but I'll rarely read it.

2. I read probably half a dozen stories from the NY Times while I'm at work throughout the day.

3. Butter all the way.

4. I'm not a huge Easter candy gal.

5. My favorite treat is a super mega tasty dinner from our favorite restaurant followed by some chocolates from the shop next door. Then going to bed super early. I love sheets.

Jessica said...

1. I get e-mailed headlines from the local cable news, but not the newspaper. I end up on the newspaper's site maybe once a week for random reasons. We get the Sunday paper every week for the coupons. My husband usually reads it, I don't.

2. Regional/national news I either get from the aforementioned cable news emails (they include a lot of national stuff) or Twitter/FB/radio.

3. Butter, definitely. I had no idea mayonnaise was an option.

4. Reeses peanut butter eggs first. Plain jane small milk chocolate eggs last.

5. Oreos. Except I eat those like every day. Dark chocolate, maybe?

Christy said...

1. Do you read (in any way, shape or form) your local newspaper? How? How often?

I read the online version daily (as does my hubby) at work. My mom cuts out articles she thinks I need to read, like Dear Abby or the Doctor one.

2. What about regional or national news? How do you get it? How closely do you pay attention?

Eh, I don't really. The tv news is usually over by the time I get home from work, then it's dinner/family time. Once a week or so, when I'm bored, I'll look at what Yahoo has on their front page while I'm at work.

3. When you make grilled cheese, do you use butter or mayonnaise on the bread?
Butter, inside and out, I'm a native Floridian, never heard of mayo.

4. What Easter candy do you eat first? Last?
White chocolate, whatever chocolate is left.

5. What's your favorite treat on a bad day?
Double stuffed oreos

Erica said...

1, 2: I get almost all of my news from Twitter, which is sort of shameful, but there you have it.

3: I am not even going to dignify this with a response, as one of those options is so clearly monstrous.

4: Reese's peanut butter anything first. Jellybeans last.

5: Bubble bath.