PUBLISHER’S NOTE: National Newspaper Week a good time to focus on what we do best

By Julie Stafford • Last Updated 10:34 am on Monday, October 08, 2012

Have you heard the rumor that newspapers are dead? Well, I’m here to tell you it’s not true. Especially here at The Daily News.

This is National Newspaper Week, a time to celebrate what our work is all about — detailing the cool things local folks are doing, reporting what area decision makers are up to, and giving our businesses a way to get their message out.

The Daily News has been covering the goings on in and around Montcalm County for more than 158 years. Granted, our focus and delivery are a little different than they were 100 years ago — heck, even five years ago. But only because we’re constantly assessing what kinds of things people want to read about and how they want to read it.

By that I mean that you can choose to read our product in physical print and you also can log in and get our e-edition online. We’ve got an easy-to-access website, an up-to-the minute Facebook page and our reporters use Twitter for breaking news and other tidbits as they happen.

What is true is that the past couple of years have been tricky for our industry as a whole. But it’s forced newspapers to focus on what purpose we serve for our readers. Here at The Daily News our answer is that we exist to tell our local story better than anyone else. And we don’t plan on dying anytime soon.

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