LeVar Burton of 'Reading Rainbow' fame breaks print journalists' hearts

The Atlantic

In an interview with Benjamin Jackson about the new "Reading Rainbow" iPad app (The Atlantic beat me to the obvious: "Take a look it's on an iPad") LeVar Burton says Twitter and Flipboard have pushed the newspaper aside in his daily routine:

LeVar, I'd like to know what media you consume when you wake up on a Sunday, where you consume it, and how? So, is it a physical newspaper or magazine, an iPad app, a website in a browser, an online video series, a podcast? Any or all of the above?

BURTON: Sunday morning is a traditional day for laying in bed, a little while -- much longer than a normal day -- and, you know my iPad charges on my nightstand, so it's the first thing I reach for. Generally the first thing I do is check emails and then Twitter feed, and on Sunday morning, you know I like to play with Flipboard, and just sort of check in to the world and I can do that without having to get up. And I like that, I like that idea a lot. We get to the newspaper, but that's not until we get upstairs. We get the Sunday paper, I like arranging it on the kitchen counter, section by section, and different members of the family come and grab their favorite section, and that's kind of a ritual, but the ritual begins in bed with the iPad.

.... Do you find yourself reading less, more, or differently now that you have so many sources of information vying for your attention?

BURTON: I read fewer -- I used to read the newspaper every day. I get most of my news updates from electronic and social media. I don't read a newspaper anymore, I don't -- I think I've watched TV news less, certainly. I like the immediacy of Twitter, and -- yeah, I really, I do read the newspaper less.

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.


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