Where Newspapers Still Thrive – the Underground

Train Reads

Newspapers: a reliable commuter companion.

When thinking of the last and only place where newspapers or magazines thrive, the first image to pop into mind was the subway.

Trains, metros, tubes, lines. There are plenty of nicknames for underground trains in the United States, but the lot of them have this in common: they disappear underground for long lengths of time.

During the morning commute, the free newspaper bins are always stocked to full and then ravaged by every hurried passerby. The free morning newspapers are the perfect commuting companion: they’re free, easily accessible and short. Perfect for the train commute into work.

But another convenience is the fact that these free newspapers don’t suffer while underground – you see, there’s no Internet connection to maintain. While even some of the most advanced technologies may lose Internet connection in the deepest New York subways, an old-fashioned newspaper keeps its words on every page without a flicker or blink.

Unless, of course, someone spills their morning coffee and soaks their copy from back to front – then the reading experience is ruined, along with your expensive slacks.

Regardless, even 3G marvels such as the iPhone and Amazon Kindle haven’t penetrated every subway tunnel and crevice. These underground oasises may be the last newspaper haven before the medium reaches its next stage of evolution.

Photo credits to Erich Ferdinand on Flickr.



Filed under 2.0, journalism, media

3 responses to “Where Newspapers Still Thrive – the Underground

  1. Good point. And the content of such papers – such as “Metro” here in the UK – appeal to those on lower incomes (who don’t have cars).

    • Didn’t think of that, but now that you mention it, you’re right. Free newspapers are paid by their heavy amount of ads, and these advertisements tend to keep to the local area – houses, apartments, jobs, etc.

      One other place I’ve seen newspapers linger is coffee shops. Though not as prevalent as underground subways, people often buy a copy then leave it on a chair or table. It’s a different kind of free reading material – the one that’s left behind.

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