We've heard through the grapevine that the Peace Corps recently informed volunteers that it is canceling its subscription to Newsweek magazine. Peace Corps Volunteers have been receiving Newsweek on site since 1982. In an email to serving volunteers, the Peace Corps cited increased Internet access as the reason for discontinuing the subscription. The organization feels that since volunteers now have the ability to get news in other ways, the magazine no longer serves a fundamental purpose. The September 22nd issue will be the last Newsweek Peace Corps Volunteers received.
The cancellation has sparked discussion on Peace Corps message boards. While some feel that the decision makes sense, other returned volunteers worry that it is the loss of an important resource, one that not only provided a comforting connection to home but also could be used as a teaching tool.
What are your thoughts on the decision to cancel volunteer subscriptions?