Sun | May 19, 2019

Letter of the Day | Online newspapers connect us all

Published:Monday | February 18, 2019 | 2:03 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Humans live, work, and play on the seven continents and on the myriad islands. Humans sail the seas. Humans fly the skies.

And humans read online newspapers as well as print newspapers.All free countries on the planet with a printing press and the Internet are able to connect to share words, ideas, and daily happenings. People read newspapers around the globe because humanity experiences tragedies and triumphs; goodness and evil; life and death.

We relate to laughter and tears; healing and suffering; love and hate.It’s in our nature to be curious about our fellow humans in other geographical regions. Stories impact us.

Our emotions ebb and flow when a story touches our soul. We can relate because we all bleed red when we are cut. Human interest stories connect us to each other. We are human-centered. Countries and cultures are linked via newspapers.December 10, 2018, marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Every human is entitled to the freedoms listed in the Universal Declaration “without distinction of any kind such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”Online newspaper stories expose and celebrate human rights around the globe.

Prior to the World Wide Web, we watched the evening news on television or listened to the radio for current information about citizens in other countries. Now, we can read what journalists, reporters, and columnists from all races, ethnicities, and cultures write. We can read their local stories. We can read about their communities. On a local, regional, national or global scale, humans can tune into newspapers anytime on planet Earth.What are the news headlines today? According to the World Association of Newspapers World Press Trends report, more than half of the world’s adult population read a newspaper each day – more than 2.5 billion in print and more than 600 million in digital form.The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) is the global organisation of the world’s press. Stories in online newspapers around the globe and in the United States connect us – because we are humans. Newspapers carry the news of the world.We can read about happenings in the sunny Caribbean islands and in chilly Iceland.“The newspaper is a greater treasure to the people than uncounted millions of gold,” affirmed Henry Ward Beecher.

MELISSA MARTIN, Ph D

Author, Columnist,

Educator, and Therapist

melissamartincounselor@live.com