If we take a look at the history of the newspaper, we can find it quite interesting. In ancient Rome era, announcements that have to be made by the government were engraved on stones or on metal. Later, in China, silk fabric was used as a material to print information. But this news or information was targeted only to specific people. The real emergence of printing information took place in Europe. Since then, we have seen many changes in print media and it has become pervasive. The development of newspaper has increased so much yet people do not tend to pick it up to read the news taking place all over the world.
Importance of reading newspaper for college students
The first advice that I would give a college student is that they should read a newspaper. Whenever you ask a college student to read a newspaper their reply is always same, that they do not have time to read a newspaper. However, it is not true. Most of the students think that reading a newspaper requires a lot of time investment since it is not hassle-free. The students are not aware that spending time on reading a newspaper is actually of any worth.
Well, it is not a waste of time at all. There are greater benefits of reading the newspaper than they can have through their course work. Here are some benefits:
- Stay ahead in conversation
Has it ever occurred to you that few people or your friends are having a discussion on some news and you are just standing there and thinking that you are not able to contribute to that topic? Or you might have found yourself lacking in the information regarding political issues taking place in your own country? This is where newspapers make your life easy because the newspaper is the only handy medium which contains all the important information about events happening in your country and also happening all over the world.
- Interpretation skills
If a person reads a lot, his reading skills are improved greatly. Moreover, there is also an improvement in how a person interprets a writing. The information shared in a newspaper is much more organized than a textbook. A person can interpret the idea of the whole article just by looking at its title. Newspaper uses columns, subtitles etc. which improves the readability of a newspaper. As reading newspaper helps improve interpretation skills, a student can easily comprehend his course textbook.
Reading newspaper is the easiest way to improve one’s vocabulary. We are not suggesting that a student should read a newspaper to increase his or her vocabulary but also for a genuine interest. As discussed earlier, it also helps to get information about what’s happening around the world. Vocabulary building is just an additional skill acquired by reading a newspaper.