Published on October 29th, 2011 | by Todd Smekens0
We’ve shared several stories over the past week meant to prompt conversation with our readers – it’s been working. One of our goals is sharing with our readers about local government operations. Why do we feel it is important?
Our local government makes policies which redefine our community. We no longer have the luxury to cast our votes, and ignore the process. Therefore, we must talk, and listen, to our officials.
It’s a simple conversation.
When our conversations break down, who is responsible?
We blame the intermediaries between elected officials, and the public. Guess what? So do you!
We’ve referred several times the Pew Research study from 1985-2011, which states that readers no longer believe the newspaper is telling us the impartial truth. Only 20% of our neighbors believe the newspaper is an accurate source of information. This isn’t good enough to carry out their objective duties, and has contributed to their industry decline.
According to our favorite source Wikipedia, “Journalistic objectivity can refer to fairness, disinterestedness, factuality, and nonpartisanship, but most often encompasses these qualities.”
Does anybody believe the local Gannett newspaper represents these qualities?
Our goal is to invite elected officials to share with our readers about local topics that are important to our community – using their own words. We believe it is upholding fair play, ethically sound, and will help our neighbors in becoming better citizens.
We hope you agree.