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Community journalism matters because communities matter


October 10, 2018

Editor’s note: This week is National Newspaper Week. Following are some thoughts from the executive editor of the News Publishing Co. in Black Earth, Wis., on the importance of community journalism.

By Matt Geiger

“Everything in this newspaper is important to someone.”

That’s become something of a mantra for me, in recent years.

Weekly community newspapers are eclectic, to say the least.

We publish photos of ribbons being cut at bakeries, and donations being dropped off at local food pantries.

We print the school honor roll, the court report, and in-depth stories on decisions ma...

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