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When I agreed to write an editorial for our Save Local Journalism campaign, several topics came to mind.
I could tell you, our readers, about the difficulties facing modern newsrooms. I could write about the ways I've been inspired by so many Estacada area residents I've interviewed who are incredibly passionate about what they're doing. I could focus on how I've been honored to write about this community's triumphs, and how I've had to calm my own rising anxiety when covering tragedies.
But instead, I want to tell you about a place 600 miles south of Estacada: my hometown, which does not have a community newspaper.
Neighboring news outlets will sometimes cover the city, but there isn't a news organization that attends city council meetings, covers high school sporting events and writes feature stories highlighting local people on a regular basis. There isn't a special section dedicated to the area's high school graduates each year.
These are all things the Estacada News does in this community, just as our sister newspapers throughout the Pamplin Media Group do in their respective cities. It's something I'm proud to have been a part of for the last four years.
My goal in writing this isn't to imply that journalists near my hometown aren't doing their jobs. But without an outlet solely dedicated to providing community-based news, the coverage is different.
Regional, national and international news are undoubtedly important. But the kind of hyperlocal stories that community news outlets produce will introduce you to your neighbors as well as your leaders. We highlight the volunteers who spend countless hours working behind the scenes, what's happening in local schools and how larger trends affect smaller communities.
We're in your neighborhood every week. We're there for the highs and the lows. Often, we produce stories about our coverage areas that you won't find anywhere else.
I'm dedicated to telling these stories in Estacada, just as my coworkers throughout the Pamplin Media Group are committed to highlighting them in their respective coverage areas.
It's something we want to continue doing, but we need your support as we move into the future.
Producing news isn't free. Whether I'm at a school board meeting or photographing an event like the Estacada Timber Festival or Summer Celebration, Pamplin Media is paying me for the time it takes to report and write those stories. They're paying my boss to edit them, our designers to lay them out on the page and our circulation team to deliver them. There are costs associated with the newsprint and ink that the paper is printed on and the websites that house our online stories.
We want to continue to produce high quality, hyperlocal stories, and you can help us do that. By subscribing to our print and online products, you're allowing my coworkers and I to keep doing the work that we're passionate about and sustaining local news outlets whose sole focus is to cover your community.
To learn more, visit SavingLocalNews.com.
Emily Lindstrand has been the news reporter for the Estacada News for four years.
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