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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