Sunday, June 16, 2019

The power of print

It’s no secret that young people like me don’t read newspapers in print form as much as our parents or grandparents did growing up.

But to say that young people don’t care about newspapers at all is completely incorrect.

I’m around young people a lot and one day recently I arrived to track practice and saw a bunch of athletes surrounded around a copy of the DCI, with one of my fellow assistant coaches.

They were checking out photos and a story written by our sports editor, and they were talking about it.

It’s in moments like that, when my belief that print newspapers and newspapers in general will never die.

You see a lot of times, people will ask me “what do you think of the future of print newspapers.” Do you think they’ll die off completely.”

When people would ask me that question a couple of years ago, I would have said something on the lines of yes, people will only read newspapers online one day.

But the more I have witnessed with my own eyes, and from what people have told me, I have come to realize that young people are indeed interested in print copies of newspapers still.

I believe wholeheartedly in the power of print newspapers.

One example that I like to give is this. About every couple of weeks since I have worked in the newspaper industry, I stop what I am doing and take a look at the old newspapers. Usually I look back at the year or two prior to get ideas about what I can be doing for stories. But sometimes, I also look back at older newspapers, sometimes from 50 or more years ago.

Through looking back at these newspapers, I am able to learn about the history of towns.

One newspaper that we have old newspapers for is the New Enterprise. Although the paper merged with the DCI a few years back, the reality is after the newspaper no longer existed, so did the history of the town to a degree.

Luckily, that paper merged with ours so history is still being written down, and in 100 years, a news editor can look back at what happened in April of 2019, in West Concord, when they had the 25th anniversary of the historical society.

That’s the power of print. It means someone can come and look at what happened on May 1, 1908 and May 1, 2019. It means history is being told in a non-bias way, and is being written down for anyone to see.

But the sad thing is that some newspapers are being closed down because it’s too late for them to be saved, and so is their non-bias history book.

Recently, our team came up with an idea to show the community that they can help save and support their local newspaper, one that they have come to love. We did this by creating a GoFundMe Page. I urge you to strongly consider donating to this now so that we can maintain our newspaper for years to come.

Our hope is that people will come to realize that newspapers can be very expensive to run, but more importantly my hope is that our community will come together and help to do whatever it takes to preserve one of the biggest assets any small town has, whether it’s in Dodge County or Foster Rhode Island.

 

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Steele County Times & DCI

Steele County Times
507-583-4431
411 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 247
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

Dodge County Independent
507-634-7503
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing
507-634-2661
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

 

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