This week is National Newspaper Week, highlighting the value and importance of local newspapers as repositories and dispensaries of information. It’s been a month since I’ve stepped into this role as editor and publisher and I’ve had several people ask me if I feel that social media has devalued the local paper. My response is two-fold. In some ways, yes, Facebook and Twitter and Google+ have been detrimental to local newspapers. On the other hand, as a social media fan myself, I refuse to think the power of the Internet sounds the death knell for local journalism. In fact, I think social media might just be the avenue that rescues journalism from the power of corporate control (something we don’t have to think about very often). For the first time in history, every citizen is a reporter, for better or worse. Personally, I think it’s good that citizens have a voice of their own. Much of what passes as journalism these days can only be described as “yellow journalism.” My recollection of American history from school is admittedly vague, but I clearly recall the definition: “Journalism that is based upon sensationalism and crude exaggeration.” Sound familiar? It’s why we all feel frustrated with mass media these days. Even journalists feel frustrated. Local newspapers are supposed to bypass that kind of click-bait drama. We may not agree personally with what is proposed or presented at town council or county commission meetings, but we’ll do our level best to present the facts and let you, the reader, make your own decisions.
Saturday is my one-year anniversary in Rio Blanco County — or at least the day I started working as editor of the Herald Times. It has truly been an enjoyable, if not “interesting,” year for […]
I said the Pledge of Allegiance twice this week. Both times I couldn’t help pondering the Nazi and Confederate flags brazenly displayed at the protests in Virginia. Here’s my question: how does one declare allegiance […]
Over the next two weeks, Meeker and Rangely high schools will also be turning out Class of 2014 graduates, and this is another moment in a teen’s life that all friends, families and neighbors should […]
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