Voice that has power to unite us all is still the local paper
LAST week I was asked to speak to NewsLocal editors about leadership and the role of community newspapers in our state.
These are changing times and the role of media is shifting. But in the face of this change, people are still turning to their local masthead.
This is because people have a deep sense of connection and ownership with their area; and it is the local paper that brings together the different threads and speaks with a united voice.
I believe that this local voice is one that is more relevant now than ever and I urge you to speak louder than you ever have before.
As Australians we talk a lot about the rich fabric of our multicultural society, but I believe we still haven’t realised how significant this is, particularly here in NSW.
We saw this last year on December 15 and 16. There are days that are inscribed in our collective memory, and those 48 hours of the Lindt siege were such days.
One of the most powerful moments for me was standing at Martin Place, on the edge of that flower tribute, with a group of young Muslim leaders. They said to me they have never felt more part of the city.
Yes, we are all different. But it is our shared way of life that unites us.
Suburban papers will have a role to play, because as we increasingly move to global, it is more important than ever to focus on local.
By telling tales of the individual and getting to know our communities better, we can unravel the stereotypes, break down the myths and talk about individuals.
And this starts with telling stories.