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Guest Editorial: The local paper: Trusted source for community news

By: The Dominion Post Editorial Board

Oct. 3 to Oct. 9 marks National Newspaper Week. Of the many obscure awareness days, this one is near and dear to our hearts, for obvious reasons.

Every day — seven days a week, including holidays — we work to bring you local, community-oriented news.

The key word there is “local.”

Local events. Local businesses. Local government.

We send reporters and photographers out to cover everything from high school football games to road accidents or construction that may impact your commute.

We let you know what small businesses are up-and-coming and remind you about the ones that have become the cornerstones of our communities.

We highlight the individuals and organizations that are on the cutting edge of research or serving members of the public.

We attend school board, city council and county commission meetings, so you can know what your local government is doing (and so you don’t have to). We carefully monitor the state Legislature’s sessions and keep you informed about proposed and passed bills. We stay up-to-date on Congress’ most important legislation and let you know where our U.S. Congress members stand and how they’ve voted.

We bring you the national news, too, and make sure to report on how national trends, policies or markets can impact us here in West Virginia.

All through the COVID-19 pandemic, we have brought you the daily case count and transmission rate. We have tuned in to Gov. Justice’s COVID briefings and given you the play-by-play on Twitter and the summary in the paper. We have talked to health experts at WVU, Mon Health and the county health departments both in Monongalia and Preston counties. We’ve interviewed frontline workers and brought you the stories of COVID survivors.

We have made every effort to keep you informed about all the latest developments regarding COVID-19 — from mask mandates to vaccine availability — to help keep you safe as we all work toward finally reaching a post-pandemic world.

Readers can find national news almost anywhere, but local journalism is the trusted source for what’s going on in your community.

We are proud to serve you, and we appreciate your continued support.

We’ll continue to bring you the local news — today and every day.

Editor’s Note: While this guest editorial reflects the views of a larger paper, with a larger staff, and in a neighboring state, we felt it accurately reflected the things we care about in our communities as well, and the things we try to provide for you. 

Without local news, you would not know what your Grayson and Olive Hill city councils were doing with your tax dollars. You wouldn’t know about planned improvements at the Olive Hill Water Treatment Plant. You wouldn’t know about Grayson’s efforts to clean up derelict properties or to bring broadband access to people living within city limits. 

These items have not been covered by any other local media. We are the only news entity who regularly has a representative in place, at these meetings, to observe and report directly what takes place. 

Not what is shared by the cities in a prepared press release. Not what is shared on social media by second and third hand sources. But what is reported by journalists, on the ground, at the meetings, recording what is said, and asking questions for greater clarity. 

We may have a fiscal court instead of a county commission like our neighbors in West Virginia. We don’t put the same emphasis on national news, mostly because there are plenty of other outlets for that. But otherwise, we feel the words of our colleagues at The Dominion Post accurately reflects what it is we endeavor to bring to you, our readers. 

Thank you for allowing us that opportunity. 

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