The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners recently asked citizens to respond to a survey, supposedly to find out how citizens prefer to get government news and information. However, their survey is flawed. They asked citizens to rank eight sources of information: public meetings, robo-calls or text, email from the Chamber of Commerce, email from the county, QAC-TV, mail, social media and the county website. Traditional sources of news — newspapers and radio — are notably missing from the list.
As your local newspaper, we find this ommission both shocking and troubling.
According to World Press Trends 2015 report, about 2.7 billion adults today still read newspapers in print, nearly half of the world’s adult population.
Online, some 800 million access newspaper content digitally, or nearly half of all desktop Internet users. There has never been a larger audience for newspapers, the report says.
Newspapers — both print and online — produce nearly $180 billion in annual revenue, larger than the book publishing, music or film industries.
And reading the newspaper is not just something older people do. The report found young people continue to seek out news: seven in 10 of millennials get news on a daily basis. Forty percent of them pay for at least one news specific app or digital subscription, and 16 percent pay for a print newspaper subscription.
According to readership data from Nielsen Scarborough’s 2014 Newspaper Penetration Report, 56 percent of those who consume a newspaper read it exclusively in print, while 11 percent also read it on desktop or laptop computers; 5 percent also read it on mobile; and another 11 percent read it in print, on desktop and on mobile. In total, more than eight-in-10 of those who read a newspaper do so in print, at least sometimes. Only 5 percent read newspapers exclusively on mobile devices.
Newspapers remain vital to their local communities and are crucial to the informed populace that is essential to democracy.
Newspapers are the most trusted of all media, according to a recent study. Newspapers provide reliable, accurate news in print and online.
From covering local and state governments to school news and local sports, accidents, fires and crime, birth and wedding announcements and obituaries, public notices, local ads and coupons, photos, videos, online news, tweets and posts, local newspapers like the one in your hands or on the screen of your electronic device help keep communities connected and informed.
Local newspapers tell the stories of your lives and the lives of your friends, neighbors and acquaintances, the lives of people you know and those you don’t, the lives of people who need help and those who are helping others.
Community newspapers report on local residents and major events in their lives from birth to death and everything in between — from high school and college graduations, to engagements and weddings, to parenthood and grandparenthood — a cycle of life in a community for generations.
Through our print editions, website, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, we continue to reach and engage readers as never before. So, feel free to add newspaper to that flawed survey — and note it would be your first choice had it been offered.