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Entering the Digital Age
June 1, 2016
For hundreds of years, news has been circulated on paper. Then, in the early part of the last century, it began coming over radio waves and in the middle of the last century, over the airwaves of television.
Still, through the age of radio and the age of television, newspapers were the king of news, with massive circulations throughout America – and the rest of the world.
Then along came the internet, hand-held personal devices and e-mail – and there was a fundamental information revolution. Over the past decade, people of all ages have come to rely on the internet for their communication.
SSUSA was a pioneer in internet communication. Senior Softball USA launched its website two decades ago, in 1995, and it has evolved into one of our most important communication tools. Last year, we launched the electronic Senior Softball Newsletter, which comes out every three weeks and allows us to cover tournaments, obituaries, and breaking news within the sport in a much more timely fashion.
And now as we undertake a new era, Senior Softball USA will be shifting to an all-electronic presentation. Or at least that’s how most of you will receive your in-depth news that only Senior Softball USA can provide.
That does not mean that Senior Softball News, the largest and oldest senior softball newspaper, will cease to exist – we feel the newspaper has an important place in the sport.
Senior Softball News will continue to publish popular columns, editorials, stories on trends in the sports, as well as short wrap-ups of tournaments and lists of All Tournament players. Senior Softball News will come out in the Spring, Fall and Winter.
We will also be printing a limited edition on paper for those who wish to read the news on paper and SSUSA will continue publishing a paper edition of the Annual Tournament Guide and mail it to players and managers.
The bottom line is that we feel this change will give our players, managers, sponsors and supporters information in a way that will be easy to receive and easy to read.
Terry Hennessy - Editor