Wednesday, 04 October 2017 08:01

A special week for your weekly

Written by  Lee Sullivan

Municipal government decisions, scouting honors, sports team achievements, business accolades, road project updates, construction proposals, community fundraisers, family activities, barbecues, school bonds, candidate forums, breast cancer patient recognition, personal opinions, photographs and, we hope, at least a tinge of light-hearted entertainment.

Those are just some of the subjects, and a sampling of the sustenance, compiled for you in this week’s edition of the Lake Norman Citizen. We do it every week, starting with a carefully choreographed etched-in-stone plan of action that, in the end without fail as deadline approaches, morphs into a frantically ad-libbed mix of fake stoicism and full-blown panic. But each week, the Citizen is there in your newspaper box, bagged in your driveway or displayed in your neighborhood rack, without revealing a hint of the blood, sweat and fear the process produced.

In fact, all we hope you detect is the effort we invest, and the pride we take, in every word, picture, fact and frivolity we strive diligently to deliver. Each week, the goal is perfection, and each week we are reminded we are merely human. But this week especially — in recognition of National Newspaper Week — we hope you take the time to absorb and appreciate what your community newspaper provides.

For many years now, prognosticators have been awaiting the complete downfall of newspapers and, in the realm of large dailies trying to be all things to all people, the prognosis has sometimes been accurate. But community publications endure, and not only because the scope of coverage they provide is not available in any other medium, but primarily because those producing the product know the people, the past and the principles involved in an issue and fully understand they live and work among the people they write about.

You don’t always get that from TV news crews that drop in and drive away, or an online blogger often focused on presenting a personal perspective. It doesn’t mean those forms of communication are inherently flawed, but it does underscore why the theme for this year’s National Newspaper Week recognition is “Real Newspapers ... Real News.”
In our thriving, expanding region, news never stops. And neither does our desire to tell you about it.

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