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When I started working on the staff of the Weber State University Signpost in 2005, I was already reading national news on my cell phone. Technology has always been part of my life and that of my peers. At the time, many people tried to dissuade me from studying journalism. They predicted that newspapers would die off and worried aloud that my education would be wasted.
Nevertheless, I stuck with studying news because of my conviction that regardless of how people get information about their communities, they will always want and need it. People will always want to know why their taxes are high, I thought, and why certain laws are being enacted. On another level, they’ll also need to know who in the community is thriving and what national trends will affect their daily lives. Our collective curiosity is insatiable.
True to the predictions of my naysaying advice-givers, newspapers everywhere are struggling. Despite 120 years of high-quality coverage of south Davis County, the Clipper is not immune. We face the economic challenges presented by an ever-
increasing amount of free content online and a readership with hundreds of demands on its time and attention. Fortunately, we have an important niche to fill as the only news organization that consistently writes about this community, and our readers know it.
I come to this job full of hope and excitement, but with a long list of goals.
One of my first tasks is to reach out to the community. I was born in Logan and went to high school in Roy, so I already know some of Utah. I don’t yet know Davis County. I will be meeting in-person with as many leaders as I can over the next few months. I also plan to reach out to all the business people, nonprofit workers, volunteers and other involved community members I can find. I’ll be looking for people with interesting stories, learning about the most important issues here and, hopefully, discovering all the reasons why people love living here.
I also invite our readers to become more involved with us. We are looking for input about how well we are fulfilling our role and learning how we could do it better. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and my phone number is 801-295-2251, ext. 126. I hope you flood my inbox.
Our website, davisclipper.com, represents one area where we already know we have room to grow. I plan to start the improvement by updating our site more frequently and by changing how our readers can find the information we publish online. I also intend to beef up our social media presence, and I invite you to join us on Facebook and on Twitter under the DavisClipper handle.
The cynics in college were right – newspapers are struggling, and will probably continue to do so for years to come. But I was right, too. We all want and need information about our communities. The more of it we have, the better we can participate in improving those communities for our mutual benefit. I am tickled pink for the chance to do my part of that work in Davis County.