FROM THE WHEELHOUSE: Local news will always matter

It’s National Newspaper Week, a 78-year-old tradition marking the importance of newspapers in helping inform the dialogue we have every day within our communities.

This year’s theme is “Journalism matters. NOW more than ever.” That’s a national theme that highlights the importance of clear, balanced and objective journalism in a time when the work of reporters is being dismissed as “fake news.” The theme is additionally important when there is so much information available that masquerades as journalism but is questionable, biased or outright fake.

Large media may dominate the national dialogue, but small papers like the News-Times have been keeping readers informed ever since the Founding Fathers realized that a free press was the best guarantee that important information would make it into the public eye. Our democracy is built on the principle that, with a free flow of information, our citizens will have the knowledge they need to make effective choices.

The principle is as important now as it has ever been — just as an informed citizenry and civic engagement are crucial to our form of government by and for the people.

Small newspapers are as relevant as they have ever been, and many people recognize that, without them, important stories would not see the light of day. While other forms of media have stepped onto the stage to compete everywhere, there is still no one is telling the local story quite the way newspapers can.

There is a saying: “All politics is local.” Whether we are addressing the affordable housing crisis on the coast, new fishing regulations, school news, or what is happening with crime and homelessness on our streets, the News-Times is working hard to keep our readers informed on local topics that are important to their lives. Our arts, sports and recreation coverage helps paint the picture of how we live and find quality of life here on the central coast.

Our reporters cover happenings from Lincoln City to Yachats and east to Toledo. They write about our fishermen, our athletes and performers and pen features covering the themes and people making a difference in our community.

They do all of this with your help and your support.

It would be very tough for someone on their own to round up all of that information they can easily obtain in one of our editions. Getting this package of vital local information to you takes a team effort. Everyone at the newspaper — from the publisher through editorial, advertising and office staff and on to the press operators are a necessary part of the picture.

You, the reader, are a big part of the picture too. Without you, there wouldn’t be a News-Times.

We rely on you to pick up the newspaper on Wednesdays and Fridays, to write letters to the editor, pass on story tips and to advertise with us.

If you help us celebrate National Newspaper Week by doing one or more of these things, you’ll be helping to assure there will always be a venue for the stories that matter to you.   


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