Newspapers are still relevant.
That's an important statement and one any community journalist takes to heart, particularly now as National Newspaper Week — Oct. 3-9 — wraps up.
In a world where “fake news” and hate for the mainstream media is prevalent, community journalists, including those right here at Enterprise Media Group, are working hard to keep you, the reader, informed on the latest news happening in your community and county.
Reporters, fulfilling a watchdog role, spend hours each week attending school board, city and county government meetings to shine a spotlight on what could have an impact on readers' lives. They find interesting stories to which readers can relate, while also bringing attention to academic and athletic accomplishments of area youth.
These are stories that would go untold without newspapers.
The pages of this newspaper are filled with stories and photos about your neighbors, friends and family. Where else can you cut out photos of your grandson playing football and learn about the latest initiative to build additional housing? Or the new development that will bring hundreds of jobs to the community? Or write a letter to the editor expressing your opinion?
Even if a reader doesn't pick up the physical copy of the newspaper, they still read the online version. Online readership continues to grow each year.
If the last nearly two years through a pandemic have taught us anything, it's that local news is vital. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, this newspaper kept readers informed on the number of cases in the county, how it was affecting those who contracted the virus and how it affected businesses, churches, schools and others.
Newspapers are still relevant and more important than ever.