By: Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times
That’s a question my partner and I have asked ourselves repeatedly since we started this whole endeavor. We’re already raising a toddler, a full time job in and of itself. She is working a full time job in the telemedicine field that has turned up to 11 since the covid-19 crisis struck. Working as a one-person reporting team was already a full time job, even with a corporate organization and layout team behind me. She and I are doing this all alone. When you add to all this the fact that newspapers aren’t nearly as profitable as they once were, and we’re more likely to lose money in the first year than to make any, it seems completely crazy.
So why do it? For me, it’s a simple two word answer.
More and more of our news is coming from corporate owned news outlets these days. The owners don’t live in your communities. They don’t care about what happens in your communities; beyond how much money they can take out. And when the money falls below a certain threshold, they’re gone.
That’s not going to happen with us. We live here. We care about here. We think it’s important you know what’s happening here. And we’re going to do our best to make sure you can find out. Because you’re important to us.
Are we crazy? Maybe. But we’re going to do our best to make this work, for all of us. Because local news is important.