Editorial: We need your help to save local journalism
Help us save community journalism.
Gathering, editing and distributing news about your neighborhood and your community has a cost.
And as we look toward the new decade of the 2020s, we are faced with the reality that advertising alone will not cover that cost.
We are at a crossroads, and we are asking for your help.
Just as public radio stations hold pledge drives to secure listener support, we now are asking our readers to step up — for less than $2 per week — and pay a greater share of our costs. That extra revenue will offset the dip in advertising dollars, allowing us to continue to provide the local news our readers depend on every day.
As the only consistent and dedicated source for local news about our communities, our 25 newspapers and websites provide powerful storytelling and reliable reporting. By keeping our readers informed about local issues, we help make our communities the best places they can be.
If it weren't for the News-Times, who would cover annual graduation ceremonies, weekly sports contests or weekend community events? Who would tell the stories of our amazing kids, local veterans and the community members who died?
The News-Times' journalists serve a key role by monitoring our elected officials and public institutions. They keep tabs on our schools, local police and fire departments and business organizations. In short, they watch out for you.
But they can continue in this vital role only with your financial support. Posting daily stories to our websites and producing a weekly print publication is expensive. Covering a typical school board meeting or sporting event, crafting and polishing that single story and publishing it online and in print costs us more than $200. Yet, you can read that story — and the rest of the news that week — for about 20 cents a day.
Our media group has fared far better than most as the U.S. newspaper industry has navigated through two decades of digital transformation. We continue to have a firm financial foundation. But the clearest path toward long-term sustainability and growth requires a heavier reliance on you, our reader.
If you believe that an informed community is a strong community, then we need your support — now, more than ever.
Please go to our website — savinglocalnews.com — where there are several options for how you can receive your local news, or buy a gift subscription for a neighbor, co-worker, family member or friend.
Starting at just $79 per year you can get unlimited access to the hundreds of articles produced by our reporters across the region, keeping you informed about your city and the region and helping us better serve your communities and save local journalism.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.