Journalism is important for a democracy. Not because everyone likes newspapers.
Not because media is always correct.
Not because it is always unbiased.
Not because news is “popular” or “unpopular.”
But because it’s a key component in the free society our founding fathers envisioned.
However, what we see lacking in today’s journalism is multiple voices.
How can that be, you ask? We have print, broadcast, radio, cable and electronic media.
News is on 24/7. So many voices, so many mediums, you say.
But in reality it’s fewer voices funneled thru multiple outlets.
For those of us in the profession; who’ve watched local, community newspapers close and large conglomerates buy and combine news mediums; they gut the news rooms and rape the profits.
And that makes the diversity of voices and opinions more polarized than ever.
Twenty years ago almost every small community had a newspaper: Blue Valley, Stanley, Lenexa, Gardner, Wellsville, DeSoto, to name a few. And the county also had competition in daily newspapers: Olathe, The Johnson County Sun and a Johnson County Bureau of the Kansas City, Mo., paper. All owned by different groups.
Now, imagine that shrinkage happening on a state, national and global level.
“ Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture. “ —
And that’s what we see happening. Fewer voices, more outlets.
We believe in the free press and would like to see it return to many more independent voices, both to serve as government watchdogs and to facilitate discussion.
Free press doesn’t mean catering to one set of views; it doesn’t mean making readers agree or be happy with stories.
Free press is to provide information and create awareness.
This is National Newspaper Week.
We’ve been here 30 years, and we appreciate your continued support.