National Newspaper Week
Despite the evolution of iPads, smartphones and apps to disseminate the news in one form or another, community newspapers still hold an integral position in gathering and reporting the news.
The newspaper in its present and electronic formats provides local news and sports as well as comics and legal news … and the list goes on.
Next week is the 75th anniversary of National Newspaper Week, an observance that focuses on the importance of the local daily or weekly newspapers.
According to industry standards, more than 1,300 daily newspapers still bring the news millions of readers in the United States, while more than 7,000 non-daily newspapers serve communities in every state and territory.
For more than 110 years, for example, Churchill County newspapers have come and go and merged with one another, yet thousands of residents still rely on community information gathered and reported by today’s local newspaper.
The same can be said for residents who live from Wendover to Mesquite, and from Pahrump to Yerington and beyond. Those who call little towns and small cities as home all consider their newspapers as a source of pride and information, and the newspaper is a reliable method for former residents to keep in touch with their friends and the previous town they called home.
Newspapers still have an impact on the communities they have served for generations. During a typical calendar year, newspapers donate thousands of dollars in public service advertising, print numerous stories on community events, cover social and news events, publish hundreds of local photos and report on the big athletic games of the year.
When electronic records “expire” or are no longer available, readers can still find the information in archived issues of the newspaper.
Do you want to know how your local government or school board decides on an important topic affecting the community?
Turn to your newspaper.
Where do you read columnists who give you a snapshot of local or national snippets of life?
Your local opinion pages.
Who provides the details of the big homecoming game?
Your newspaper’s local sports section.
Where can you find the latest information on an upcoming theatrical production?
Your local newspaper’s arts and entertainment section.
As you can see, thousands — if not millions — of people rely on newspapers more than they think … even more so than direct mail or out-of-area publications.
Yes, newspapers are part of that community pride.
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