To the list of reasons why newspapers must not be allowed to perish, please add the spelling bee. Of the 288 organizations that sponsor local bees as part of the Scripps National Spelling Bee circuit, most are newspapers. For now, though, we don’t have to worry about who will take up the mantle should newspapers stumble and fall, and can just watch the final round from the Miami Herald bee. Oh, the suspense!

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Katia Bachko is on staff at The New Yorker.