Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

October 5, 2013

We’re not dead, we’re thriving

-- — The Internet killed newspapers. People say this, state it as fact, repeat it, and believe it. Newspapers are a dying industry. But this is just another urban legend. The Internet has done the opposite — it has invigorated newspapers, carrying our content to all parts of the world.

In the past, if you wanted to read about Valdosta, you had to take the newspaper. The physical paper. Hand delivered to your door every day. Only those who subscribed to the paper or bought it at a news stand had access to the news.

Today, if you want to read about Valdosta, as long as you have a computer, you can access the news from anywhere.

Today, in addition to our base of subscribers to the printed edition, our website numbers reflect our true readership: more than 230,000 unique visitors just last month. And that number keeps growing. And growing.

Newspapers haven’t lost their edge or their relevance. A community newspaper is the sole source of local news. You might hear it on the radio or see a clip on TV, but you can’t cut out a mention on the radio and paste it in a scrapbook. You won’t find more than a synopsis on TV.

Newspapers educate the public about issues, celebrate community achievements, announce new businesses, let you know when a loved one dies, celebrate births and weddings, covers school news, athletics, and crime, holds public officials accountable, and serves as both the community watchdog and cheerleader. No one else can deliver news the way a newspaper can.

This is National Newspaper Week, a week for newspapers to remind communities how vital a healthy newspaper is to a healthy economy.

Whether you read The Valdosta Daily Times in print or online, you are still reading it. And so are nearly a quarter million more people than ever before every month.

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What We Think
  • Focus now on what lies within

    Forty-three years ago the federal mandate to desegregate Valdosta City Schools was necessary.

    July 30, 2014

  • The Times belongs to you

    The Valdosta Daily Times belongs to you. As we move forward with new leadership in our newsroom, we want you to know about our continued commitment to the communities we serve.

    July 28, 2014

  • The art of plenty to do

    In Sunday’s paper, readers found an extensive list of shows, exhibits, concerts and more for the upcoming arts seasons in Valdosta-Lowndes County.

    July 27, 2014

  • The power of One

    Christine Batson wondered the same thing that many people wonder.

    July 26, 2014

  • Thumbs Up

    THUMBS UP: To Air Force Lt. Col. David Rayman. The 75th Fighter Squadron commander recently logged 3,000 flight hours in the A-10C Thunderbolt II. A rare feat. In presenting a Moody Air Force Base story on his accomplishment in The Times, it’s good to see the face and know the name of one of the many pilots who cross our South Georgia skies. Congratulations on 3,000 and thank you for your service.

    July 26, 2014

  • Closing another summer chapter

    The South Georgia Regional Library brings its 2014 summer reading program to a close this weekend with an event that celebrates readers and writers.

    July 24, 2014

  • Countdown for voter apathy

    If you don’t think your vote counts, talk to Ellis Black and John Page today.

    July 24, 2014

  • Vote to remove signs

    Congratulations to the winners in the primary runoff election Tuesday.

    July 23, 2014

  • Runoff election counts today

    Today is an election day that started just a little more than two months ago.

    July 21, 2014

  • PSST! Only one week left

    Peach State Summer Theatre enters its final week of performances for the 2014 season. This means there are only a few more opportunities left to see “Mary Poppins,” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” and “42nd Street.”

    July 20, 2014

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