Newspapers celebrate the 75th anniversary of National Newspaper Week this week. The week observes the impact of newspapers in our communities.
While the newspaper industry is changing, its relevance remains. Many would say they aren’t newspaper readers today, however, most read several newspaper articles everyday via links to newspaper websites from places like Facebook and Twitter.
Whether you read a paper with ink-stained hands or via mouse clicks, you likely read several articles every day. Most of the information on the internet uses the work of journalists at professional newspapers as its base.
In small communities, local newspapers do more than just report the goings-on at city hall and in the schools. Newspapers also provide a sense of community. They are the proverbial office water cooler.
Newspapers were a critical part of this nation’s founding.
James Madison, the fourth president, once said “a popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy.
“…Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own governors  must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”
It’s a role we relish. Though the profession of journalism and the way people access news continues to change, the goals remain the same: Inform the public, hold government accountable to the people and foster a sense of community.