This is National Newspaper Week (Oct. 2-8), the 76th anniversary of the celebration that emphasizes the impact of newspapers to communities large and small. This year’s theme is “Way to Know!” The aim is to applaud and underscore newspaper media’s role as the leading provider of news in print, online or in palms via mobile devices.
Since you’re reading this column in a newspaper, you probably already know much of what we want to say to everyone else – that newspapers are still relevant, necessary, and very, very needed by society – perhaps more now than ever before. The Utah Press Association and newspapers throughout the state are sharing a similar message – that newspapers are the “Way to Know” what’s truly going on. We look at issues in depth, report the facts without personal agendas, and then let our readers decide for themselves what those stories mean. Those news stories you read online or on your hand-held device – yeah, they come from newspaper reporters and editors who do this for a living every day. Google doesn’t have a newsroom, nor does Facebook or Twitter or Instagram.
We’ve heard for some time that newspapers are dying, going the way of the dinosaurs. But this column, shared by UPA to newspapers and penned by David Chavern, CEO of News Media Alliance, sends a powerful message.