In its June issue, Editor & Publisher ran information regarding community newspapers. Based on statistics gathered by Reynolds Journalism Institute, it told us 77.4 percent of those surveyed read the newspaper for local news and information.
That is pleasing to us. We appreciate the loyalty our readers have shown us since we opened the doors some 134 years ago.
As other types of media enter the forum, that statistics tells us that people want their community newspaper and rely on what it is the newspaper offers them on a daily basis.
The Editor & Publisher information was based on a survey conducted in small U.S. towns and cities where circulation of the local newspaper is 15,000 or less.
It also told us 75 percent of those surveyed read all or most of the newspaper; that 43.8 percent keep the newspaper for more than 10 days; that 69 percent believe the newspaper provides valuable shopping and advertising information; and that 46 percent use the newspaper for political and voting decisions.
What it also told us is that newspapers, like The Review, have a staying power, despite those who choose to tell us otherwise.
The Review has been providing readers with the best in community news for more than a century, and we see no end to that commitment.
Our staff is here each day, all 365 of them, providing readers the best in local information. And our dedicated carriers make sure that newspaper is delivered to you on time.
Yes, there have been changes within the business, but we have adapted.
While it remains the utmost importance to get that news to you, we understand the way you receive that news may have changed.
The Review has adjusted to the growing demand of a tech-savvy world - first by establishing what has developed into an award-winning website, and most recently bringing you the news instantly via your hand-held device.
What has been a constant, however, is we are the local news readers have grown to trust.
Today, we celebrate the start of National Newspaper Week. We ask you celebrate with us.
The Review is here because of you, our readers. And we thank you for being loyal to us as we have been to you.
A community newspaper brings you the little things that you enjoy - birth announcements, club news and pictures of the homecoming queen - while also providing the news you expect. We are at the council meetings, the fires, the school board meetings, and the vehicle accidents. We cover the high school sports, while also informing you on your favorite professional teams.
The Review is all about the community in which it operates. We celebrate our communities.
And we know we wouldn't be here without our readers. We thank you for your continued loyalty.
As mentioned we have adapted to fit your needs throughout the years, and it's our desire to continue to seek ways in improving what we do - being the best alternative for your community news.
Thank you. And thanks for reading.