And many would agree.
On April 22-23, the Community Newspapers Atlantic annual conference took place in Halifax, and Newfoundland and Labrador was strongly represented.
Editorial and sales staff took part in numerous ice-breaker activities, listened to some of the elite in the industry for updates and advice on moving forward and many received awards for their past year’s successes.
If you asked anybody at that conference if they thought print media and newspapers were dying, after joking about wanting to keep their jobs, most would likely say it’s not dying, it’s adapting.
It’s likely if you live on the Great Northern Peninsula, you would know the local paper is the Northern Pen.
If you live in central, The Pilot or the Advertiser might be your go-to for local news.
The same can be said for all other regions of the province where The Beacon in Gander, The Aurora in Labrador, The Gulf News in Port aux Basques, The Southern Gazette in Marystown and many others provide you with details of stories you wouldn’t normally hear on the provincial scale.
In fact, it was discussed at the conference that many stories picked up provincially have often piggybacked off local reporting, especially those connected to town councils.
There are times local newspapers have a person in the trenches for breaking news in rural communities, often being the first on the scene of a fire or accident. Some of the time it’s because of a personal rapport created between the paper and the local fire department or RCMP detachment.
As a familiar face in a community, a reporter often creates a relationship among residents, schools, councils and sports teams.
Information that is often disguised in casual conversation can become a story about how Bill Reid stopped his truck to help a caribou that was hit crossing the road. Or how Pearl Pike was knitting blankets to donate to the local seniors club. Or even how little Joey Murphy shared his lunch with another student that lost his $5 bill while walking to school.
These are not often stories found through province wide media outlets, but they sure are stories that everyone has an interest in.
With the push to digital, community newspapers can update you with these stories instantaneously through social media and websites.
As we go further into the age of Internet and instant Facebook and Twitter updates, we will still be here. We’ll update our readers online and in print. We’ll keep people informed and be your voice for local stories.
If you believe print media and newspapers are dying, think about this: As your local community newspaper, we see you — our readers, local municipalities and business owners — as our family and friends. We live among you, and we can assure you, what is important to you is important to us.
As family and friends, we invite you to join us around our table for a feast of local content, including a crisp glass of crime and safety news, a bountiful plate of school and community sports and conclude with the sweet taste of what has happened in our own backyard over the past week.