Dear Decaturish – Support your independent local newsArtwork by Sharna Fulton
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Friends, I’ve been thinking a lot already about specific things we can do going forward after the election. There are many, but right now I offer one specific suggestion – find your local independent news source and support them by any means possible.
I’ve been a subscriber to Decaturish since our last local city election for the commission and school board, where I found their comprehensive coverage to be exactly what we needed to stay informed about and vote on the issues that directly impact our daily lives. I was raised by a mother who was a reporter and then editor for our weekly local newspaper, and to say that left an indelible impression is to put it mildly.
Our news often doesn’t appear in print form, landing weekly on your driveway like it did for our town in the 20th century. That paper was distributed for free thanks to a lot of advertising and generous support from people who believed in the value of local news. In our digital age, it’s often so easy to find information online, but a lack of will or ability to objectively evaluate sources seems to be at an epic level in this country. We can be so much better at this.
With thanks for considering,
– Jen Doty