From the Editor: Newspapers are the curators of community |

From the Editor: Newspapers are the curators of community

Tonya Bina
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Last week, during a Swift Communications conference I attended, I walked out of the conference room into the hallway, where a hotel guest happened to be wandering. “What’d you learn?” he asked me.

“I was learning about the future of newspapers,” I said.

“Isn’t that an oxymoron?” he chuckled.

I love newspapers, he said, following me down the hallway, and it’s good they might have a future. But I’m part of that old demographic that reads newspapers, and we won’t be around much longer.

I told him that all indicators point to a future of newspapers.

People crave information. What people crave even more: Trusted and sourced information.

What that looks like 20 years from now when people might be walking around without devices, but gadgets attached on or in our bodies to access personal clouds — I wouldn’t know. Perhaps news on paper will be old school, but the ideals of newspapers will never die.

The medium may change, as it is already changing, but the principles of newspapers will continue. Central to newspapers like the Sky-Hi is community — not necessarily the paper it’s printed on. We cheerlead for our community, we dig into it, we share it, we are part of it.

And a civic-minded millennial demographic, we are told, has our back.

That’s why newspapers have a future.

We bid farewell to reporter Leia Larsen, who for one year exactly, has shared her talents here at the Sky-Hi News. With a masters in journalism and a strong dedication to her craft and everything legitimate journalism stands for, she was bound to quickly move up in her profession, and she did.

Larsen secured a job at a much larger newspaper, the Standard Examiner in Ogden, Utah, where she will be covering environmental news through multimedia. There, she will write for a much larger audience, and a fortunate audience it will be. Larsen had nothing but positive to say of her time here at the Sky-Hi, which gave her a platform to spring off of and plenty of awards to boot. “Thanks for a great year! I loved working at the Sky-Hi,” she wrote in a parting thank you letter. “This really was one of the most fun of jobs I’ve ever had.”

We are now aggressively looking to recruit another reporter. But the news never lets up, so readers will continue to see bylines of our trusty stringers Cindy Kleh and Anna Winkel during this transition, as well as Sky-Hi News Reporter Hank Shell and photos by Photo Editor Byron Hetzler. We also thank and congratulate Sky-Hi News high school intern Crawford Campbell, who graduates next week, and wish him all the best on his future endeavors.

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