What’s the old quote “you don’t know what you had until it’s gone.”
I saw an image of several front pages of Minnesota newspapers that were totally or nearly blank to drive home the above concept. There were some with minimal wording “What if there was no local newspaper?”, “Without YOU, there would be NO Newspaper” and “Imagine a day without local news.”
Many large newspapers have shuttered their doors the past few years. Luckily, there are still community minded newspapers like the Pleasanton Express that are still operating.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen it firsthand on what our colleagues do during a crisis. During Hurricane Harvey coastal papers still put out a product. It may have been late and it may have been smaller – but these journalists pulled it together and didn’t miss a beat.
Dear friends of ours – Mary and Murray Judson who own the Port Aransas South Jetty – set up camp in a condo and they had boots on the ground gathering information and taking photos of the devastation that riddled their island. And they still published a newspaper.
Another friend, Tania French posted on Facebook that she was reporting by candlelight and managed to put out an online edition just so they could inform their readers of the hurricane’s wrath in Port Lavaca.
There are many other newspapers that keep on keeping on when tragic events happen – even if they are directly impacted.
It’s what we all do. Some publish every day, some put out a product twice a week and we – along with many others – publish weekly.
The way I see it, by supporting your local newspapers – by spending your advertising dollars to promote your business or services or by buying our paper each and every week to become an active part of our whole community will ensure a robust future for us all.
SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.