As we head into a new New Year, I wish we could go back when people looked forward to reading newspapers.

Millennials don’t read newspapers. Plain and simple. They are either hanging out in front of laptops or tablets or clicking on their IPhone, and likely using all of those devices.

Most readership, especially in a small community, comes from our older folks who basically grew up with newsprint. And you can still get daily news in such communities, like you do in Hamilton County. Still, online publications are beginning to take over.

I’ve been reading newspapers, especially the sports page, since junior high school. I used to deliver The Sunday Indianapolis Star. We always had The Kokomo Tribune in the Morrow home.

In fact, if the morning Indy Star wasn’t in our driveway by 6 a.m., my dad turned into an Archie Bunker, and started muttering things young kids shouldn’t have to hear.

And, too, I cannot remember a time I have not walked out to get my daily morning or evening paper.

It’s a part of my life, a very big part of my life. I started writing sports for The Tribune the summer before my junior year at KHS.

I have newspapers in my blood. Always have, always will.

Even when we travel, I look for a USA Today, and Becky looks for a New York Times. She has a little broader outlook than I do.

I just pray we can continue to be able to pick up a newspaper at home, at the grocery store, on the road when we travel.

I’m just not so sure that’s going to happen. Nothing’s the same. Look at all of the layoffs nationwide, even in our own backyard. Copy editors are becoming extinct. And less journalists now have to do more work.

The deck appears stacked.

You see signs of that, even when you see the way The Star is doing things. I wonder if it will soon go to 2 or 3-a-week newsprint? Obviously, it’s preparing for the digital way of life, as many small newspapers already are doing.

I can remember when we used to see Friday night football and basketball stats and box scores in The Star the next day. Now fans of those high school sports must wait to get all of the details from weekend games in Sunday’s downtown paper.

I certainly don’t like it! Who’s idea was that? Simply makes no sense. Not exactly a customer-friendly approach in my opinion.

Hopefully, for those of you who are reading newspapers, you should give the online product a try, if you’ve yet to do so. It’s even a way of life for The Noblesville Times, as you know. Always color photos. That must be considered as a positive. Fortunately we’re still able to offer a print edition on Wednesdays.

And I’m starting to get used to our online editions. It may be journalism in a different form four days a week at The Times . . . . but it’s still good,informative journalism. And that’s what’s important!

*—Mark Morrow, a Hall of Fame Indiana sportswriter, has resided in Hamilton County since 1989. You can follow him in The Times, and on Twitter at mmediamarko12. He can be reached at or by calling 317 460-8018.