Focused on community

Last week I bumped into an acquaintance that I worked with during the stone age. You know – pre-computers, pre-emails and pre-social media. Just newsprint. Glorious newsprint.

After exchanging pleasantries, we entered that all too familiar debate of why I haven’t abandoned print. “The death of print media is undeniable.” … blah, blah, blah. And that other all too familiar question, “why on earth are you still stuck in community news?”

I assured my colleague that I have made my peace with social media. Although, online does not replace the newspaper, I do find it useful to augment the print edition. And, I don’t stress so much anymore about being ‘scooped’ because an item was posted before publication. Afterall, not everyone scrolls through social media, nor do events get the same coverage.

And, I am not ‘stuck’. I am where I want to be and doing what I love. Social media doesn’t show up to cover events. Community newspapers prospered in the past because of local content and that my friend, is still what’s going to carry us through the Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – etc., era.

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