Editorial: Newspapers large and small are succeeding

Published 9:32 am Wednesday, October 7, 2015

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This week is an important one in journalism — National Newspaper Week. It’s the 75th anniversary of the celebration and a crucial one for communities both large and small.

The reality is that news will always be consumed. People want to know what’s going on locally, and that’s news you can’t find on national media outlets.

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The newspaper provides not only articles about community events and issues, but also vital records such as obituaries and birth announcements, along with wedding and engagement announcements. The newspaper serves as a community watchdog and provides public notices.

With the advent of technology, newspapers have had to change the way they operate. Twenty years  ago, people read the print newspaper. Now they can find the Tribune on our website, www.AlbertLeaTribune.com, Facebook, Twitter and in their email inbox.

This technology has made us a stronger community-minded newspaper. Before digital cameras and email, if we couldn’t get to an event there just wouldn’t be any coverage. Now we welcome citizens to submit photos, write-ups, sports scores or stats and much more. Readers can help us put together a better product that includes more local content.

Through these connections to the community, newspapers like the Albert Lea Tribune are thriving. Albert Lea residents count on the Tribune to check local police reports, attend city council and school board meetings, introduce new businesses, print election results and so much more. We have opinion columns from local residents and welcome letters to the editor. Within our pages, you will see retail and classified ads informing you about local garage sales, inserted fliers and what store is having the latest sale, promotion or event. Newspapers are still the best vehicle for connecting to customers.

We thank you, our readers, who are also our neighbors. Thank you for reading our newspaper in print and online, following us on Twitter and Facebook and for making this great partnership continue to grow and to thrive.