Every day the staff of this newspaper comes to work intent on learning about the news of the day and devising the best way to present that news to you, the reader. As the editor of this newspaper, I hope you will see it as your newspaper. If you do, I hope you’ll take advantage of the opportunity it provides to spark public discussions. And I hope you’ll see it as the best way to connect with 20,000-30,000 of your best friends, customers, donors, supporters or any other group you can imagine.
While our reporters are out covering the news and taking pictures at events around the community, we stil rely on you, our reader, to let us know what’s important to you. In each edition, on page 2 of this newspaper, we publish a little box with the headline: Send us your news.
That’s not an idle request folks. If your civic club is doing something really cool, we’d like to know about it. If you just promoted one of your best employees, we’d like to tell everyone. If you have a concern about something happening (or not happening) in your community, we want you to start a community-wide discussion about it with us.
That little box I mentioned includes directions on how best to get your news and comments to us. Here’s the Reader’s Digest version of what that box says: Send your news to me at email@example.com. If you don’t have email, that’s OK. Give me a call. My number’s 919-829-4823. If I’m at my desk, I’ll answer that phone call.
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A community that is informed about the goings-on around them is far more likely to enjoy a high quality of life than one that ignores the news of the day. We believe the people who live in our community have a genuine interest in what goes on around them – whether that’s an action by local elected leaders or a notice to sign your child up for recreation-league ball teams.
So think about the things going on in your orbit. What kinds of things might other people be interested in? What’s happening in your life that might be of interest to others. Those are the kinds of things we’re interested in hearing about.
And by including that information in the pages of this newspaper, I belive we build stronger communities. Robust debate over issues that affect the community typically leads to better decisions on behalf of the masses. If we meekly accept all that’s thrown our way, we deserve what we get. The pages of this newspaper can be a great place to share our better moments and shed light on our darker ones.
So, here’s your homework. Ask yourself what matters most to you. Decide if you think people are as aware of that bit of information as you’d like them to be. If you think the answer to that question is no, then drop us a line. We love hearing from you. And we know that, without you, it’s a big challenge producing a newspaper with all the information a reader needs to live a better life.