Jim Martin’s Guest Commentary, June 13, alerted us to the challenge facing newspapers across the country as they try to pay for good reporting, particularly of local news. Money for salaries for local investigative and ordinary news reporters typically comes from ads placed by the business community. In times of economic downturn the local newspaper must fend for itself, perhaps face bankruptcy.
Does it matter? Of course it does. The careful reporting of the deliberation and decision-making by the City Council, the actions of the School Board, decisions of the Regents and Officers of the University, as well as the general dissemination of community news, obituaries, concert dates are all of importance at some level to every member of the community. The ability to collect and distribute such information regularly, reliably and affordably to citizens is central to the health of our “intellectual infrastructure”.
High-quality reporting by the Camera in the last 50 years helped make it possible for an informed and highly-educated community to understand and pass measures that made this city a wonderful place to live. We must find a way to protect and keep our local news reporting. May I suggest that the City Council and the Business Community work together to assure that we don’t end up without a local news voice.
Celeste P. Woodley
A Very Older Boulder Native