Start of the school year is start of ‘good news’
Published 6:37 pm Tuesday, July 31, 2012
There is one comment that just about anybody in the newspaper business is bound to hear, at some point in his or her life. That comment is, “Why don’t you all put more good news in the paper?”
It’s certainly a fair comment. Newspapers are supposed to be balanced and objective, and to only tell the “bad news” about a community is certainly a biased viewpoint. There are those who respond that “good news doesn’t sell,” but I argue that’s not always the case, especially in a community newspaper, where every parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, second cousin, best friend, best friend’s grandparent, and so on, will buy a paper if it features someone they know in an article or photo.
That’s one reason why I’m always excited to see the start of a school year. Our schools are a non-stop stream of good news. Whether it’s a photo of the students of the month, or a story about a unique science project, or a winning essay in a contest, the schools definitely have plenty of good news to share with the community.
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Certainly, there are problems with the public education system, and any newspaper would be remiss to act as if our schools were “perfect.” System administrators would admit that they still have a lot of work to do to achieve the school system’s goal of preparing every single student for their adult lives. But at the same time, there is a lot to celebrate about our schools as well, and we look forward to sharing those stories with you in the coming months.
Please let us know, if you have any school-related news, or any news in general, that you think is noteworthy and should be shared with the community. You can email photos and stories to firstname.lastname@example.org, call in a tip at (229) 246-2827 or drop off the information in-person at our office at 301 N. Crawford St. in downtown Bainbridge.
Let’s make this the best school year yet, and we’ll be happy to do our part. Good luck to all of our students.
Justin Schuver is the managing editor at The Post-Searchlight. You can email him at email@example.com.