Thanks for choosing usPublished 12:23pm Wednesday, October 10, 2012
As we celebrate National Newspaper Week, I would like to personally thank our readers and advertisers for supporting the Hartselle Enquirer and all of our media products. Many have said over the past few years that the heyday of newspapers has come and gone. The thought process behind this was people do not read newspapers and they do not depend on them for their information. However, according to a recent national study, over 71% of people read their community newspaper on a weekly basis.
Over the years newspapers have undergone change, but we have been able to adapt to the changing demands of our audience. Late breaking news, updated immediately online, no waiting until 10 p.m. for the local news to broadcast. E-mail blasts are sent to your computer or smart phone for instant news when you need to know. If you miss the lead story on the radio news broadcast, not a problem, go to your newspaper’s website, refresh and read as often as necessary.
As our readers have looked for other ways to find their information newspapers have answered the call. We offer online editions which are updated several times each day. You as a reader are even able to share a link with your friends when a particular topic catches your attention. With the trend of social media newspapers are posting stories on Facebook and Titter. When readers have asked for news at a faster pace and in quick time newspapers have responded. If you can’t make it to your local high school games follow us on Facebook or twitter to know what is happening.
Our hectic lives have changed over the past few years but fortunately the day-to-day reporting of what is happening in our communities has not changed. We strive to build up the community by reporting the great things happening around us. We are a cornerstone of our communities, providing a foundation for all involved to prosper. We aid our advertisers in gaining revenue to continue to grow and create jobs and opportunities for all. Newspapers remain highly trusted in our advertising in a time when that is not always the case with some forms of media. We also work hard to ensure that our recording of history enables future generations to be informed. We thank you for the role you allow us to play in your daily lives and look forward to doing so for many years to come. We also thank you, our readers and advertisers, for the trust you place in us.
Randy Garrison is the president and publisher of the Hartselle Enquirer.