Newspapers and journalists have had a difficult few years as they have been lumped in with those in the news business who have led too many to distrust the community-oriented work that our journalists do every day.

For the men and women who work in the newsrooms of our state’s weekly and daily newspapers, the goal is to avoid this twisting, curating and agenda injection that masquerades as “new.” We do it vigorously.

Why? Because we know how hard we have to work to earn your trust; and that it is our responsibility to report news from our communities accurately and thoroughly so that you, our readers, are as informed as possible. We’ll let you make up your own mind about this information. and if we choose to give you our point of view, you will see it right here on these opinion pages, and nowhere else.

For those who believe they receive all the news they need through various internet platforms, we know it’s important to be the trusted source that informs those conversations. We have to be. If we don’t report and deliver the news in a way that makes you turn to us when you want the full story of what’s happening in your community, we’re nothing.

It is difficult to overestimate the seriousness with which we take this responsibility. During this National Newspaper Week, which ends on Saturday, we will, as we always do, carry news from your schools, communities, favorite local sports teams, nonprofits and community organizations, churches, theaters and more. . This is news you simply won’t find from any other source.

Our communities would suffer without the important work we do every day. Power would go unchecked; important local stories would not be told; and the great and inspiring work that many in our communities are doing to improve the lives of all would go unrecognized. There is plenty of research that proves that when local newspapers aren’t vibrant and strong, communities suffer.

Our relationship with the communities we cover is so valuable to us because we don’t just report and write here, we live here. Thank you for trusting us to shine the spotlight on what has been kept in the dark, to inform, to tell the stories of our community – and to do it all, for you.

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