Need a trusted resource? Look to local journalism

Saturday, November 16, 2019

A recent poll conducted in conjunction with the Associated Press found that regardless of political belief, 47% of Americans believe it’s difficult to know if the information they encounter is true.

Nearly two-thirds said they often come across one-sided information and about 6 in 10 said they regularly see conflicting reports about the same set of facts from different sources.

We live in an age where more “information” is at our fingertips than ever before.

If you want to buy a new car or replace a refrigerator, there are dozens of websites offering tips on makes and models. There’s research and ratings, detailed descriptions of products, and feedback from past customers.

Can’t remember where you’ve seen an actor before? The answers are seconds away with an extensive list of every episode, movie and commercial they or their co-stars have ever filmed.

But what about when it comes to matters that are truly important? Matters like what the candidates for our local and state government are doing, what crime is taking place in our communities or what decisions are being made in our local schools.

Do we seek out trusted sources for these issues, or do we rely on social media chatter, rumors and gossip?

Obtaining trusted information is easier when you consider the source.

Community journalism matters, and it happens in the newsrooms of your local paper. We attend the city council meetings, school board meetings and court hearings where both sides of the issues are presented.

If you’re not sure which Facebook friend has the best information about the last decision of the city council on a new police department, or why someone was arrested, look for a better source. Community journalism matters.

— The Daily American Republic

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