America takes newspapers and the freedom of information for granted.
In a world where a greater population of citizens resort to social media and word-of-mouth as a primary source for news in Washington– and their local politics– it’s difficult to change the minds of those who have cut the “news budget” out of their households.
When I took over as Editor-in-Chief of The Suffolk Journal, it was in the worst shape it had been in for years. For a paper that was founded in 1936, one would think that the 80th anniversary would be a breeze. Wrong. I could easily list the issues that we had: practically no staff, there was no website, few editors willing to put in the work, the paper had a long line of debt that spanned over the past few years due to the lack of business managers or sale of advertisements, pick-up rates were at an all-time low and the physical look of the paper was mediocre at best. In short, The Journal had suffered for too long. The worst part was that we were rearing into the exciting part of the 2016 election and things were getting exciting. How would we report the news of one of the most turbulent times of our history if our newspaper lacked a digital presence?