One of the best in the country
Two years ago when I took over the DCI, I made a commitment to our readers that I would produce one of the best small-town newspapers in Minnesota.
That’s exactly what happened last week when the DCI picked up four national awards for journalistic excellence. Each of the awards showcased our writing and abilities both for individual stories and columns and news coverage as a whole.
It is always rewarding to be recognized in front of your peers. Only six other newspapers in Minnesota were honored in the contest.
For me, it’s actually not the first time I have won a national award. Back many years ago when I was in high school, while working at my hometown newspaper, I captured a top honor for a feature story. I also have won many other national awards with my other newspaper in Blooming Prairie in recent years.
Earlier this year the DCI also won several journalism awards in the state contest.
Our staff works hard each week to bring you the best news coverage and advertising. At times it seems like a daunting task, but it makes it all worthwhile when we receive honors like we did last week.
While winning awards is certainly a big boost to anyone’s morale, it’s not the most important thing for me. What matters to me the most is the readers. I always try to provide our readers with the highest quality newspaper as possible. I strive each and every week to give you news and information that is important and relevant to your everyday life.
Over the past few years, the national media has portrayed the newspaper industry as one that is on the verge of becoming extinct. This is far from the truth - at least when it comes to community newspapers like the DCI.
Large daily newspapers around the country have been struggling for quite some time. Some have ceased publishing while others have significantly cut back. But it’s a different story when it comes to weekly newspapers.
Community papers like the DCI are thriving. There is a big market for hometown news in communities around the country. And while readers may not always agree with what’s printed in them, people love their community newspapers. In fact, more than two-thirds of respondents in a recent nationwide survey said that they read their local newspaper, and the largest segment of respondents said they preferred newspapers for their local news.
The survey’s results demonstrate that Americans find their local community newspapers to be relevant, useful and necessary in today’s digital-focused environment. It reinforces that people want to know what is going on in their communities, and find that their local newspaper provides that important news and information.
I want to thank our faithful subscribers for reading the DCI every week. Without our loyal readers, this newspaper wouldn’t be what it is today.
And as evidenced by last week’s national awards, we must be doing something right. We may be small, but that doesn’t mean quality journalism takes a back seat with us.
Now, folks, it’s time to go in hot pursuit of putting out yet another award-winning paper. For me, it’s energizing just thinking about it.