Do you e-subscribe? If so, to what?

A recent Chronicle of Higher Education survey of daily news email subscribers (i.e., e-subscribers), sparked my curiosity as to the prevalence of daily e-subscribers among those connected to the Emerging Scholars Network.

Do you have daily e-subscriptions?

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If so …

From what publications do you receive at least one daily e-subscription (check all that apply)?

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How much time do you give to reading material provided by the above subscriptions?

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Are daily e-subscriptions being replaced by news feeds/readers?

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Note:  Please feel free to comment on the topic of the relationship of daily newspaper subscriptions, e-subscriptions, news feeds, word of mouth, etc.  I’ll return to this topic at a later time.  I confess a mix of scanning daily newspapers (when available and time allows, i.e., especially in waiting rooms and when visiting family on a relaxing weekend/holiday), e-subscriptions, news feeds, and word of mouth.  I particularly appreciate the structure of e-subscriptions which include brief summaries of articles and those which indicate “popular articles.”

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Tom Grosh IV

Tom enjoys daily conversations regarding living out the Biblical Story with his wife Theresa and their four girls, around the block, at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church (where he teaches adult electives and co-leads a small group), among healthcare professionals as the South Central PA Area Director for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), and in higher ed as a volunteer with the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). The Christian Medical Society / CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine is the hub of his ministry with CMDA. Note: Tom served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA for 20+ years, including 6+ years as the Associate Director of ESN. He has written for the ESN blog from its launch in August 2008. He has studied Biology (B.S.), Higher Education (M.A.), Spiritual Direction (Certificate), Spiritual Formation (M.A.R.), Ministry to Emerging Generations (D.Min.). To God be the glory!

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    Katelinn commented on January 13, 2011 Reply

    I find I read a lot of blog feeds through google reader. I like getting the updates, so i don’t have to check back. Some of these are current events/new style. Some of them are related to my field of work. Most of them are about racism and/or Christianity. So I guess more about my interests than about news or staying informed for me.

    • Tom Grosh IV commented on January 13, 2011 Reply

      Katelinn, Thank-you for sharing about your communication channels! I have a faculty friend at Pitt who regularly picks up the sports section of the local newspaper. Why? To be sure he doesn’t miss big “local news.”* Likewise I find that conversations with family, friends, and neighbors encourage me to remain somewhat engaged with local/national news, especially what is covered by the local Sunday News and the NY Times.

      Instead of on-line resources, my wife listens to the morning news provided by the local public radio. As I seldom listen to the radio, except in the car when traveling, text appears to be what keeps me “up-to-date.” I am also finding the focused updates provided by tools such as google reader of growing value.

      *A particularly good idea for him this weekend as ‘da Stillers have a playoff game on Saturday 😉

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