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Guest opinion | Reeves: Why newspapers are important

Frank Reeves
Guest Opinion
Frank Reeves

Our students and staff have been involved in state level testing over the past two weeks, so rather than a weekly update I am going to recognize Sky-Hi News and the importance of having local newspapers.

Newspapers provide “whole story” news when television or most social media only give tidbits of information because of space or time.

Newspapers can be read, re-read, read on your own time, while many other forms of media require the news to be fed to you on their time.

A picture is only worth 1,000 words when it doesn’t constantly change or move.

Newspapers provide local, national, worldly news all in one setting. You don’t need numerous search engines to get the news you want. Locally, our papers cover the news of the county rather than just a small area.

Newspapers in school are extremely valuable for students to learn from. Vocabulary, grammar, primary resources v. secondary resources, opinion, fact, etc… are all topics students can learn from in one class with a newspaper.

Newspapers cover pertinent local issues. In rural areas there really is no other media source that can do this.

Newspapers provide a way for local businesses to advertise at the right audience for an affordable price.

Newspapers are a way for our school district to spread all of the great news about our students and staff. Numerous community members with and without children in school have commented about how nice it is to know what is happening in our district of distinction.

There are numerous forms of media now competing for an audience. In my opinion there will always be a need for newspapers, especially local newspapers to keep us informed and provide pertinent stories about our local citizens. We are fortunate in Grand County to have this media outlet as there are many rural areas that have to get their news through the grapevine, which as we all know is not always the most accurate. Thank you Sky-Hi for the great service you provide our county.

Frank Reeves is the superintendent of the East Grand School District.

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