Newspaper Week a chance to tell our story
National Newspaper Week is here, officially recognized from October 2-8. Here at the Daily Journal, we welcome the opportunity to share important stories about our community and the world at large, and we take seriously our responsibility to report fairly, accurately and impartially.
But National Newspaper Week gives us the opportunity to tell you a bit of our own story.
Although we are corporately owned and not all business is conducted here at Franklin, we are dedicated to serving the community. Most staff members were born, raised or educated in Johnson County or southern Indianapolis and we are proud to serve the community we call home.
Despite all the dire sayings we’ve heard for years about print and online community newspapers, we continue to be an unwavering source of trusted news and information. These days, with the explosion of partisan websites across the political spectrum, you can spread your news with any bias.
We are intentional about our coverage and different from a content aggregator crawler posting and reposting articles on social media looking to increase clicks from a niche segment of a particular demographic. The most important things that set newspapers apart are that our people are here, and they aim to serve all members of this community as best they can.
We cover city, county and school board meetings, ball games and more than you’ll ever see in another newspaper or on TV. We monitor what our public servants are doing and, as a public watchdog, we bark when something doesn’t seem quite right.
We rushed out at night, early in the morning, on a weekend to cover the shootings that have rocked the community all year, at the sacrifice of our personal time. Like you, we struggled with the idea that a mass shooting could happen here.
We take the time to get to know the people in our community, and we open our pages to them and to you.
Likewise, we open this opinion page to anyone in our community who has a point of view to share in the form of a letter to the editor.
Through our website, we strive to make it easy to post, view and share local events with a click or two. If something is happening in our community, tell us about it so we — and you — can let everyone know.
We can never lose sight that this newspaper is a business and that we would not exist without the support of readers, subscribers and advertisers in our community. Reliable information is a valuable asset to the community, and our mission is to be the indispensable source of reliable information for this community.
As with all businesses, the pandemic years have been a challenge for newspapers, but we also understand that times of crisis are when newspapers are most essential. We provide consistent coverage and reliable information about how COVID is affecting our community, just as we pledge to do so whenever issues arise.
Our pages, those printed on paper and those published on the web, are a chronicle of the life of this community. Many of us who do this work feel a call to serve, and we understand that only with your trust can we do so.
Another way we aim to serve is this: We value your feedback. If you tell us we made a mistake, we check. When we find that we have made a mistake, we correct it. It’s called accountability, and it represents and reinforces our ongoing commitment to getting the facts right.
This is important not only for our credibility, but also for the story. Because as we do our work, we do it with a deep and humble understanding that 100 years from now, when someone tries to research or understand some aspect of our history, they will go to the local public library and look up old issues. of this newspaper.
This is our story, and we stick to it.