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News Feature May 14, 2020

News Feature Video - Support Local Journalism

 

Jim Kendrick, publisher for Courier Publications, spoke with us Thurday about the challenges local journalists face as ad revenues crash due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

We need support from our community and reporters to continue our important mission of bringing quality, investigative, professional journalism to the people of Knox, Lincoln, and Waldo Counties.

 

We bring awareness of environmental issues, policy changes that can impact local businesses, projects that can increase taxes, developments that can change the character of a community and in-depth discussions with political candidates about their views. These reports arm our local residents as they go to the town meeting or the voting booth to cast their votes.


Communities without newspapers actually end up paying more in taxes, according to a report from National Public Radio. Without watchdog journalism, lending institutions worry that governments are not accountable and in some cases increase borrowing costs. Cities, school districts and towns borrow for big ticket items and those interest rates add up.


Listen to NPR’s “Starving The Watchdogs” on the Hidden Brain podcast.

https://podcasts.apple.com/…/pod…/hidden-brain/id1028908750…

 

Social media, bloggers, TV and radio all get their information from newspapers first. If newspapers disappear, all of these other sources will be struggling to find things to say.

Between Courier Publications and The Free Press, both headquartered in Camden, we have more than 50 employees. They and their families rely on these newspapers for their livelihoods.

 

Right now, local journalists need your support.
You can help by subscribing today.

 

Call 594-4401 or visit knox.villagesoup.com or waldo.villagesoup.com and click on “Join” in the upper right hand corner.

 

There are other ways you can help support us too, by visiting knox.villagesoup.com/donate or waldo.villagesoup.com/donate.

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