Have you hugged your newspaper today?
It was National Newspaper Week from Oct. 6-12, and despite what some people seem to think, the community newspaper is not obsolete. We are not dinosaurs, doomed to die in the age of Twitter and Facebook.
We are, in fact, still as important — perhaps more than ever — to the communities we serve in this age of fastpaced, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it news coverage.
In the age where news can be condensed to a 140-character synopsis on Twitter, and the commercials sometimes take up more time than the news bite on television and radio, your community newspaper offers you something rare and unique — local news, about local people, with detail.
In the past few weeks, across this province, TC Media’s lineup of community newspapers have offered up interesting, provocative and heart-warming stories of people and events from practically every nook and cranny.
On any given day of the week, from Carbonear to Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and towns in between, there’s a community newspaper reporter or editor talking to local people, taking photos and writing the stories that matter to you. Community newspapers obsolete? Balderdash! We are more relevant than ever, thanks to social media and the World Wide Web. The stories that matter to our citizens and towns are now being shared via Facebook and Twitter. People who have moved away are maintaining their connections to their local towns, thanks to our digital presence. And more people can be engaged with their local paper — as writers, bloggers and photographers.
Ultimately, we are – and will continue to be — relevant because of the relationships we have built, through years of existence, with our local communities. People know that when they send a photo of a child getting a haircut for cancer, the local paper will use it. Citizens know that when they stage a protest over a government decision, the local newspaper will likely be the first on the scene.
Readers know they might meet up with the editor or reporters on any given day in the grocery aisle at the local supermarket, and be able to suggest a story idea during that brief encounter.
Simply put, your community newspaper is a reflection of the community. It’s a weekly (print) and daily (online) record of the events, issues and people that give life to a community.
We hope you take a moment this week to consider your community newspaper and the very important and essential purpose it serves. You are necessary to what we try to do each week and we are grateful.
We are not dying. We are evolving and changing with the times, and we firmly believe we have many more years and decades ahead of us, serving our communities by telling your stories.