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EDITORIAL: Newspapers: A beacon of light for communities 

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OUR OPINION: This week’s edition of the Courier is a perfect example of why community newspapers are vital to the well-being of their intended audience — you.

It is merely by coincidence that this week’s issue of the Freeman Courier, which is packed with both news content and local opinion, happens to be published on the week set aside to celebrate the importance of newspapers.

National Newspaper Week is being observed for the 78th time through Saturday, Oct. 13 and is this year operating under the mantra, “Journalism Matters. Now More Than Ever.”

While that’s certainly true in this age of unsourced news feeds and suggestions that unflattering news is “fake news,” what is critically important is that the public understanding that, without newspapers, there’s so much left unknown.

This week’s issue of the Courier is a perfect example.

If we didn’t exist, the general public would not know that the city of Freeman has set a deadline of this Friday to complete negotiations for the possible purchase of Valley View Golf Course, and that the terms of such negotiations will be revealed at the Oct. 15 city council meeting. And guess which media outlet will be reporting on the terms of those negotiations?

If we didn’t exist, the general public would not know that the leadership and constituency of Freeman Academy and Heritage Hall Museum and Archives are in discussions about the museum becoming its own legal entity after 90 years of partnership.

If we didn’t exist, the general public would not know about the discussions around the Freeman School Board table about establishing a policy allowing home-schooled students to participate in activities, and exactly what that discussion looks like. And that says nothing of the obituaries and the sports reporting, the news briefs and the wedding anniversaries, the calendar and the advertising promoting our local business community.

If we didn’t exist, what would bring the Freeman community together? 

The same can be said for community newspapers large and small, from coast to coast. We have mattered for generations and work with one thing in mind: Our readership. We have always been, and will continue to be, a light shining on Freeman.


The Freeman Courier editorial reflects the opinion of publisher Jeremy Waltner and former publisher Tim L. Waltner