What’s Black and White and Red All Over?

Remember that old black-and-white-and-red-all-over riddle?  We all knew the answer–a newspaper!  Most of the boys in them thar days had paper routes. (Never girls.  Oh my, no!)  We all loved the comics.  And we all heard our parents exclaim or laugh or sigh in disbelief as they read the daily paper. Most of all, the newspaper kept us up on what was going on in our neck of the woods.

Dan and I still get the local newspaper.  We still laugh at the comics, and we exclaim or cheer or sigh in disbelief at what we read, just as our parents did.  But we’re in an ever increasing minority, and that’s too bad.

I’m sorry to see the passing of the daily newspaper for lots of reasons.  We know the weather forecast before we step out into it.  We get a  good laugh before the trials of the day.  We relax in the evening with a crossword puzzle or a Sudoku.  We know how our neighbors feel about issues when we see their letters to the editor.  Best of all, we know what’s going on in our neck of the woods.  And that’s one of the greatest reasons I hate to see the daily newspapers fade away.  Strong local reporting, including op eds, is the best… maybe the only… way we can be aware enough to avoid falling prey to mismanagement and corruption by those in power.  The only way we know to cheer or speak up about local events. Certainly TV and computers and social media give information, but how can we separate truth from fiction?  What guide do we have to separate true from false?

Research shows that a full 85 percent of accountability journalism comes from newspapers. How dare we let them die out?

“A people that no longer can believe anything cannot make up its mind.  It is deprived not only of its capacity to act, but also of its capacity to think and to judge.”

~Hannah Arendt~


About kaystrom

Kay Marshall Strom, who am I? Well, I’m a traveler, a railer against social injustice, a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life: Of my 43 published books, seventeen have been translated into foreign languages, and two have been optioned for movies. My writing credits include magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. I love to write, and speak, about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships. Because I don’t see how a writer can really reflect another people and land without spending time there, I’ve been trekking through India, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, Japan and South Korea, tape recorder and camera in hand, to gather stories from the world-wide family of God. Thanks to my “virtual friendship” with John Newton, 17th century slave ship captain turned preacher, I traveled through Ireland. In West Africa I toured an old slave fortress off the coast and saw a tiny set of baby manacles bolted to the wall. I was struck dumb. From that horror came a story question, and from that question, my foray into fiction: The Grace in Africa trilogy. Come join me as I travel and rail against injustice. Maybe you will choose to be a 21st century abolitionist too.
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6 Responses to What’s Black and White and Red All Over?

  1. Larissa Rudeen says:

    Yeah, I loved reading the comics as a kid, too. It’s sad to see the newspaper in decline.

    The title made me think of a new (but corny) joke. What’s orange and white and red all over? Trump, when he does not get what he wants.

  2. Jean Stewart says:

    How true. Sad. Maybe it’s because we’re writers and value the words and how they string together to provide information. We take two and compare details on a story sometimes. Times change but, like you, we hate to see newspapers die. How dare we, indeed!

    • kaystrom says:

      You’re right, Jean. We writers do value the words and how they are strung together. And if we are worth our salt, we do compare and consider. Thanks for the fine points you add. 🙂

  3. B.J. Taylor says:

    We get the newspaper too. Nothing like the local flavor.

  4. kaystrom says:

    So true, B.J!
    You used to do some writing for a local paper, didn’t you? Do you still contribute to it?
    Maybe some time you can share some pointers with us.

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