Want to help locally? Support your local newspaper.
Posted Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 10:10 AM
Now that might seem self-serving and to a slight degree it might be, because without the T-G I would have to develop my blog elsewhere, which I could BUT I might have never met YOU. Other than this blog, for which I receive no compensation, I am not an employee of the Times-Gazette so I can promote them without appearing shameful.
In fact, if you are reading this from another town, support your OWN local newspaper because without it, a lot of things don't happen. How many pictures of your children, grandchildren, and other family members have you shared over the years because some newspaper photographer/reporter was there to snap it or record the details?
How many events have you attended because you learned about it in the paper. A somber thought, but how many friends have passed and your only notification was in the local Obituary? Happens to us way too many times because our community, our society has dispersed with fewer and fewer events bring us together to learn the news.
How many businesses depend on getting the news out about their services or goods through this paper? It has been the life-blood for many but now.... because of our weakening support, reliance on the internet and all the social networks, the local newspaper is hurting.
There are MANY, MANY benefits of a local paper but many have become too dependent on Social media and the internet. How accurate is the social network? When is the last time you read something on Facebook that was not heavily laden with opinion rather than facts? Good news journalism tries to weed out the emotions and opinions that are so prevalent elsewhere and when opinion is printed, it is clearly labelled as just that.
Getting the news is not a God given right. It costs, just like "free shipping" and we will either support the people and company that brings it or lose it.