Starbucks: Keep selling print newspapers in your stores!

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Andrew McDiarmid
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I was dismayed to hear Starbucks announce that as of September 1st, 2019, they will no longer sell America's leading national daily newspapers (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today) in any of their stores, citing "changing customer behavior" and "shrinkage." I'm all for companies innovating their stores and responding to customer habits, but this decision is ill-advised. I don't want to open up a screen to access news and insight about my country and my world. I want to pick up a newspaper with my hands - the product of countless hours of work by dedicated teams of writers, editors, designers, and publishers - and experience their presentation of the news in a physical, impactful way. Starbucks, it's one reason I go to your cafes. Don't take that experience away!

This petition is designed to change the thinking of Starbucks leadership and convince them that America's national newspapers are an important source of news and information and that Starbucks, as a leading brand and community presence in the United States, has an opportunity to make news and information available to the widest possible customer base without the need for a digital device.

I value the Starbucks cafe experience and want to continue to have the ability to purchase print editions of America's top national newspapers as a resource for news, insight, and information. I believe this access is necessary and vital in a community coffee shop and provides an alternative to digital media use.

We live in a digital age, with near-instant access to massive amounts of content and information. And virtually, at least, we are more connected to other people than ever before in history. Yet, suicide and depression rates are at epidemic levels. The 2019 World Happiness Report produced by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network cites a variety of evidence that suggests that as digital media use goes up, general happiness declines. We all have our "ME" machines - smartphones, tablets, laptops, smartwatches, etc. - but the evidence seems to suggest we are more isolated and less happy today than in the past. While technology and our devices certainly have their useful place in our daily life, we must be the ones to control them, not the other way around. And we must not allow Big Tech companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft to control how we access news and information, often to the detriment of the industries that provide such content.

By continuing to sell print editions of major newspapers in their cafes, Starbucks can make a bold and timely statement about the importance of defending American journalism and preserving our ability as humans to access that journalism freely and interact with it physically.

Thank you for your support!

I am a media specialist at a national think tank headquartered in Seattle. I enjoy visiting Starbucks on a regular basis, and will often purchase print editions of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today to archive articles and coverage relevant to my work. I also purchase the print editions to read with my chai tea latte to get an overview of the day and the world.