Order photos

Opinion: You get the news and a lot more

by | Aug 9, 2018 | Opinion

As media professional, I assume that you, the reader, know what you get as a subscriber to your local newspaper.

But we’ve all heard what assume can mean, so I’m going to explain why it’s important you pay for an annual subscription and what you get with that investment.

This is a great time to start a paid subscription if you haven’t done so. Summer’s ending and Fall is just around the corner. You’ve missed a lot of what has been happening in your community, but you can get caught up by making the newspaper your latest investment.

More than likely you are already reading the paper even if you don’t get a printed copy delivered to your home.

You may be reading it on our website, e-edition, or via our social media and maybe you don’t realize that the local newspaper is behind the scenes, bringing you the information.

The printed product is the basis for everything you see digitally. Without the printed product, the starting point if you will, the rest doesn’t exist.

The local newspaper gives you a platform. A way to engage with other citizens, via freedom of speech, to discuss and share opinions about what is going on in your community. That’s extremely important for your ability to connect to your community and gain an understanding of what’s happening around you.

Without the local newspaper, the information you get about your community, your city, your school… is not balanced, unbiased and even worse, may be untrue. Fake. Fake news. Fake reports. Fake statements. Fake baloney!

Your local newspaper is the backbone of the community. We cover the community for a living and for the long haul. We have paid professionals who’ve dedicated their careers to reporting the events and news in the community. That’s becoming a scarce commodity in many cities and towns that no longer have a local newspaper. The local newspaper is a voice for the people, not a point of view from one perspective.

In addition to all of the above you also get city news, school news, county news, community events, sports, student news and achievements, public notices, crime updates, editorial content, opportunities to save money by using local retailers, as well as much, much more. You get all this for under $40 a year.

I contend that while a price is set for the information you subscribe to, the true value you receive cannot be measured. It is, in fact, priceless.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if everyone in the community supported their local newspaper in a way that strengthened its ability to provide even more to its readers? This, in turn, would give readers an even stronger voice in their communities.

I challenge you to build a stronger community by making your newspaper stronger.

Get started today. Call us at 972-442-5515 ext. 21 or email [email protected].

 

For more stories like this see the Aug. 9 issue or subscribe online.

 

By Chad Engbrock • [email protected]

Subscribe Love

0 Comments

Related News

Pet ownership: A lifetime commitment

Pet ownership: A lifetime commitment

He was crossing the road. Over and over. I was surprised someone hadn’t hit him with their car. I was also surprised the coyotes hadn’t gotten him. It was 9 o’clock at night and according to the residents of the small strip of country road, he’d been out there for a...

read more
Hold, please

Hold, please

It appears that telephone landlines may be on their way out. CNN Business reported that recently, AT&T applied for a waiver in the state of California to stop servicing traditional landlines. Both AT&T and Verizon have both said they want to move away from...

read more
Dewey or don’t we?

Dewey or don’t we?

On Christmas Eve 2008, there were just three of us working in the office. Well, technically, there was one of us working, the other two were there. A couple of the young ladies on staff either didn’t have enough vacation time built up or they were saving it for...

read more
A range of options

A range of options

My great grandparents lived on a homestead. They cooked on a wood stove. Most of us today have no idea how good we’ve got it. For my great grandparents’ generation, remodeling the kitchen meant picking a different place to stack the wood. By John Moore For more on...

read more
A word from our sponsors

A word from our sponsors

Commercials used to be great. They used to be an art form. They used to be fun. Today’s advertising is boring in comparison. Television commercials were something to which I looked forward when I was a kid. Some were better developed and more interesting than the...

read more
On the road again

On the road again

We often hear someone say they just want to leave the world a better place than they found it. That’s a great goal, but rarely is it the case. Unless you were Charles Kuralt. For those of us who grew up during his time on the CBS News segment, On The...

read more
The Walking Dad

The Walking Dad

It's obvious that I have to wait to die until after everyone else in my home goes. Otherwise, every light in the house will be left on for all of eternity. My dad used to say that I could leave on all of the lights whenever I started paying the bills. By John Moore...

read more
Small town living: some leave, some come back

Small town living: some leave, some come back

You learn things when you grow up in a small town. Things you don’t learn if you grow up anywhere else. Things that are special. I was born in a small town. But I didn’t stay. I left for the same reasons other folks leave their hometown. Education, better jobs, and...

read more
There’s ‘snow’ ice cream quite like it!

There’s ‘snow’ ice cream quite like it!

It didn’t snow much in Ashdown, Arkansas in the 1960s. It doesn’t snow there much now. But when it did, and when it does, kids there know exactly what to do. Beg their moms to make snow ice cream. By John Moore For more on this story see the December 21, 2023 print,...

read more
Sears catalog was ‘our’ Amazon in the 1950s and 60s

Sears catalog was ‘our’ Amazon in the 1950s and 60s

As a young kid, I thought that every family did exactly the same things ours did. That included what and how we did Christmas. Turned out, there were two ways to approach collecting your loot. That is to say, seeing what Santa brought. One, which was more traditional,...

read more
Subscribe Love