Despite the economic hardships local newspapers have endured, they remain, by far, the most significant providers of journalism in their communities.
That's the bottom line of a study released last month that was conducted by Nieman, a nonprofit organization that aims to promote and elevate the standards of journalism.
Today begins National Newspaper Week, sponsored by Newspaper Association Managers to recognize the service of newspapers and their employees across the country. This year's theme is "Think F1rst — Know Your 5 Freedoms."
Those five freedoms, which are cemented in the U.S. Constitution's first Bill of Rights, are freedom of the press, speech, religion, assembly and to petition government.
The findings of the Nieman study hold true locally as well as nationally. The Jefferson City News Tribune has a 154-year history in Jefferson City. We've been the only industry to chronicle the life of Jefferson City since the legislative session convened for the first time in the Capital City in June 1826.
We have the largest news-gathering agency in Cole County, and our staff takes pride daily in bringing you the latest, most complete and most accurate stories we can.
We will continue to be a fixture in this community, acting as government watchdogs and covering the local news and sports you care about. That includes local government, crime, education and the many unsung heroes who live here.
Last, we would like to thank you, our loyal subscribers. If you're reading this now, you obviously care about this community as well as our daily efforts to keep you well-informed. For that, we thank you.