Wednesday, 06 September 2017 14:45

Journalism stands strong at weekly newspapers

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Journalism. A lot has been written about it, especially in the last few months in an age where the roles and responsibilities of journalists have been called into question south of the border as President Donald Trump introduced people to the idea of “alternative facts”.

Canada, being so closely tied to the U.S. means it’s hard for those kinds of conversations not to take place in this country.
More conversations are taking place online about the importance of people researching news, ideas, views, etc., especially those shared through social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
Those people in the industry have done their best to try to educate a public about the type of work and research that goes into news stories. Reporters have had to work harder to ensure their information is vetted and correct and they are doing this in smaller newsrooms and with less time.
Journalism has changed a lot over the past two decades that I have been involved with it. How news is released, where stories come from and how those stories are written can shift and change where it sometimes has felt like shifting sand as opposed to a more solid foundation.
What hasn’t changed though is the important role that weekly newspapers still play in their communities. For the past almost 12 years, I have had the privilege of working with this publication and the tremendous people who have been part of its team.
The stories that are told in the pages of the Prairie Post are like none other. They dive into the issues in many communities, often look at a regional perspective and tell the stories that are important to readers, about other people.
The team at the Prairie Post has a common goal — to ensure the weekly read is informative and entertaining. We want the product — each issue that arrives on newsstands every Friday — to be of the highest quality.
It will be the people — both those working behind the scenes to produce the content and those making its headlines — that I will miss the most when I leave the assistant editor position, Sept. 8.
For 20 years, I have written about the people who help make small communities tick. I have edited copy and had a tremendous amount of fun turning those stories and photographs into attractive page layouts.
Now, for me, it’s time for new challenges and opportunities.
As a door opens when someone leaves, it allows for a rush in of new ideas and fresh perspective. That is never a bad thing for a community newspaper.
Thank you for allowing the Prairie Post team to tell your stories. I’ve enjoyed being a part of it for so many years and please, continue to support journalism, weekly newspapers and those people who bring you these important stories each and every week.
Rose Sanchez was assistant managing editor with the Prairie Post from February 2006 to September 2017.

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Rose Sanchez

Assistant Managing Editor