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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    Missing persons cases are tough. They are tough because they are vague.

    April 20, 2014

  • He is Risen

    Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they and certain other women with them came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.

    April 19, 2014

  • Thumbs up

    THUMBS UP: To Carol Mikkelsen. Valdosta State University Opera’s “Dido and Aeneas” marks the last production before Mikkelsen’s retirement
    after 44 years with Valdosta State and the creation of the opera program. She plans to continue
    working with VSU part-time, but this weekend’s performance marks her last full-time participation with the opera productions. Ovations all around for her work.

    April 18, 2014

  • Feed the hungry, adopt a duck

    If you haven’t already adopted a duck, you have a little more than a week to do so.

    April 17, 2014

  • If I were mayor

    Each year, the City of Valdosta holds an essay contest, “If I Were Mayor,” with students in the area writing their ideas about what they would do as the head of the city.

    April 16, 2014

  • The real lessons of a mock drill

    Valdosta High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions held a powerful mock demonstration Monday morning on the school’s campus.

    April 14, 2014

  • Kudos to VPD

    Followed by a stellar report on Sunday about the drop in the crime rate in the City of Valdosta, city police officers prove their worth once again by arresting a dangerous fugitive in our community.

    April 13, 2014

  • It just plain stinks

    After every rain event, the pungent smell of sewage can be detected around the rivers and streams of south Georgia, and Florida residents brace for more to float their way.

    April 13, 2014

  • Pennsylvania school stabbings: Why?

    The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday, April 10:

    April 11, 2014

  • European bans on emails unlikely in America

    Several European countries are banning work emails to employees before and after normal working hours, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., in an effort to curb the perceived abuse of employees by corporations.

    April 11, 2014

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