Yet each day we come to the office to cover your events and life moments; to keep an eye on your city and county governments; to give you the best of ourselves. We arrive early in the mornings, stay late into evenings and work weekends and holidays.
This week newspapers across the country have been observing National Newspaper Week. In its 78th year, this observance is usually a time when newspapers recognize the service they offer their readers and the employees who work for them. However in the last few years, we in the newspaper industry have felt the need to defend our very existence.
We live in a time when social media, often incorrectly, gets the news before we can. Where money spent on advertising remains scarce; where distrust of the media increases monthly; and where threat of personal injury continues to grow, even for those of us who work at community newspapers, like The Bolivar Commercial.
Despite these issues, we come to work each day with the intension of giving you our best effort. We’re not perfect. We make mistakes but we take ownership of those mistakes and try to do better.
Our hearts break for you when we write obituaries for your loved ones and our hearts swell with joy when your children win awards or score goals.
We listen patiently while we’re called bias, racist, inconsequential, and yes even “fake news.” We take deep breaths when we’re threatened with boycotts, lawsuits and personal injuries. In the last few months, our own reporters have been asked to leave public property and told we couldn’t ask questions during a public forum.
We do all this because we believe in what we are doing, because we believe we have a purpose and make a difference in our community. We do this because we believe in you.
All we ask in return is that you believe in and support us.
We are your community newspaper.