Seattle Times’s End-of-the-Year (2021) Update on Saving our Local Free Press

[The following is my brief synopsis of the message today from the publisher of the Seattle Times; quotes from it are within quotation marks. MRM] Frank A. Blethen, “From the publisher: A year-end message on saving our country’s local free press system,” Seattle Times, 26 Dec. 2021, https://www.seattletimes.com/inside-the-times/from-the-publisher-a-year-end-message-on-saving-our-countrys-local-free-press-system/     Also available as “Saving Our Country’s LocalContinue reading “Seattle Times’s End-of-the-Year (2021) Update on Saving our Local Free Press”

Communities and democracy suffer when newspapers die

Margaret Sullivan, “Communities and democracy suffer when newspapers die,” Seattle Times, 5 Dec. 2021, Print, D4. digital version: Margaret Sullivan, “What happens to society — and democracy — when community journalism dries up?” Seattle Times, 3 Dec. 2021, https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/what-happens-to-society-and-democracy-when-community-journalism-dries-up In her column, Margaret Sullivan relates how local journalism is in serious decline—and that that’s badContinue reading “Communities and democracy suffer when newspapers die”

News deserts: bad for America

Save our communities and our country’s democracy: subscribe to a local newspaper and to a credible national/international news source. As my wife and I trailer-travel about the country, I make it a point to read the local paper from the towns where we stay to see what the local concerns are and to see whatContinue reading “News deserts: bad for America”

Update on where to go for quality national news

First, regarding local news:     Today’s blog is about quality national news, but before delving into that, a brief mention about local news. As the Seattle Times article referenced below mentions, “most states lost half their working journalists.” The loss of so many reporters threatens communities with not having accurate and comprehensive news about what’s goingContinue reading “Update on where to go for quality national news”

You and I need local news

From the reporters on the ground who know their turf, we learn what local issues, politics, concerns, and proposals are at play. By reading local news regularly, we can peruse the reporters’ news articles, the opinion writers’ opinions, and we can read and write letters to the editor. On this first day after the JulyContinue reading “You and I need local news”

Where to go for quality national news

In the 12 March 2021 issue of the North Kitsap Herald, opinion writer Don Brunell made the sweeping claim that “unfortunately, it is not the mainstream or social media” where Americans can go for “honest reliable and accurate information.”     Given that the mainstream media and social media encompass so much—and given that I’ve read manyContinue reading “Where to go for quality national news”

The importance of local news—wonderfully worded

— Niran Al-Agba, MD, “How local news actually can make us healthier,” Kitsap Sun, 7 Mar. 2021, Print, 1C and 3C; Web,https://www.kitsapsun.com/story/opinion/columnists/2021/03/07/niran-al-agba-how-reading-local-news-can-actually-make-you-healthier/4600632001/ Pediatrician and Kitsap Sun columnist Niran-Al-Agba, MD, writes a clear and useful column about health issues. This 7 March article talks of the importance of local news and of how having local newspapersContinue reading “The importance of local news—wonderfully worded”