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.