No news is bad news

The Saline Courier Weekend - - OPINION - SARAH PERRY

Grow­ing up, I didn’t re­ally pay at­ten­tion to the news. My mom al­ways said that the news is too sad. I agree that main­stream me­dia is filled with sto­ries of pol­i­tics and crimes, but not all news is bad news.

As jour­nal­ists, we have tasked with the job of be­ing com­mu­nity watch­dogs. We are re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing sure peo­ple in power are do­ing their job eth­i­cally and legally. These sto­ries are what peo­ple com­monly think of with news­pa­pers, but work­ing at a com­mu­nity news­pa­per, I have an­other job–be­ing a his­to­rian and sto­ry­teller for our com­mu­nity.

We have an archive at our of­fice that is filled with sto­ries of this com­mu­nity. Re­porters for decades have in­formed res­i­dents of the good, the bad and the ugly.

Day to day, I have to at­tend meet­ings and events but the ma­jor­ity of the sto­ries I write tell of lo­cal res­i­dents’ ac­com­plish­ments and happy things go­ing on across Saline County. I be­came a reporter be­cause I like to tell peo­ple’s sto­ries.

There are so many great things hap­pen­ing in our com­mu­nity and so many peo­ple do­ing won­der­ful things to im­prove them­selves and the world around them.

A prime ex­am­ple is the 2018 Salt Bowl. With the chaos of the game, fans from ri­val schools came to­gether to help each other. For a week af­ter the game, our staff wrote sto­ries of new se­cu­rity mea­sures, foot­ball play­ers and other stu­dents go­ing above and be­yond to help oth­ers and an an­nouncer who calmly helped fans leave the sta­dium safely.

We have a goal each week of show­cas­ing 100 lo­cal faces in our news­pa­per. Those faces could be mem­bers of your fam­ily, friends or even peo­ple you at­tend church with. Un­for­tu­nately, there is no way for us to know ev­ery­thing that is hap­pen­ing in this grow­ing com­mu­nity. We can only write about great sto­ries if you give us in­for­ma­tion.

I en­cour­age you to con­tact our of­fice if you know of some­thing spe­cial or up­lift­ing hap­pen­ing in our com­mu­nity or if you know some­one who is ac­com­plish­ing great things.

Our of­fice is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day. The num­ber is 501-315-8228.

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