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Thanks for reading your local newspaper

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A South Marion Citizen editorial

Congratulations. Even though you may not realize it, you’re helping us celebrate a big week throughout our industry. How? By reading a newspaper.
This is National Newspaper Week, a yearly event noted by the nation’s publications as a time to remind people that the best source for local news remains a newspaper.
A recent news report indicated that Yahoo is experiencing significant decreases in the time users spend on its sites. The directors of the company were even reported to be considering the sale of parts of the company. The reporter concluded that Yahoo was no longer relevant as many Internet users are not using Yahoo or any of its products.
Whether you believe that Yahoo is relevant to you or not, it is interesting to observe such a negative public discussion about a company that just 15 years ago could do no wrong. Many believed that Yahoo had a better future than newspapers. There was the expectation that Yahoo, Microsoft and others would create local online communities where people could find the latest news and information.
In case you haven’t noticed, they weren’t successful in their attempts to provide local news. In fact, it is likely that any news you find on Yahoo, Google and other sites was probably produced by a newspaper or a newspaper‐affiliated organization.
But that doesn’t mean that the way people get their news isn’t changing, because it is. Newspapers are still the number one source for local news, although now it is in print AND online. And things will continue to change.
We expect that more readers in the future will be reading our stories on their iPad or other tablets and on their smart phones.
The next time you attend a local event, look around and you probably won’t find a reporter or photographer with a Yahoo, Microsoft or Google press pass. You may not even see people from bigger regional newspapers. But what you will see are representatives from your local newspaper, a newspaper such as ours. But, as a newspaper reader, you probably figured that out already, and it is certainly time to say thank you for reading this newspaper and making us your top source for local news!