A community newspaper is not a monolith, standing immutable outside of time and space, but a living, breathing entity that depends upon the community it serves to hold it accountable and help it thrive.
“He had the nerve to tell the truth for a lot of little people,” reads the gravestone of W.H. “Bill” Mason of KBKI Radio in Alice after he was killed by a deputy in 1949 for exposing — on public radio, no less — local illegal activity.
It’s an exhortation all journalists might do well to follow. The press should remain not just the vox populi, but the voice of the underdog, the voiceless, the marginalized.
But, in order to be that voice, we need you to raise yours and share it with us.
There are many ways to get involved with your local community newspaper, to share collectively in our efforts to observe and report. We couldn’t do it without you.
You don’t need to be a public relations specialist to get in touch with us or tell us what’s new and exciting. We want to hear your stories. You can drop us a tip at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call at 830-896-7777 and ask to make an appointment with one of our reporters.
Let us know what’s going on in your family, your neighborhood, your workplace, your community — whether it grinds your gears or makes you smile.
If you’d rather we print your concerns, questions or insights in your own words, send us a letter to the editor via postal service at 429 Jefferson St., Kerrville, TX 78028 or via email at email@example.com.
Or, if you’re feeling particularly inspired, write us a column and send it our way. We’d love to hear your thoughts, whether they be incisive commentary on city politics or just observations about local life.
We want to hear from you. We want to get to know you. And, above all, we want to share your stories.
Your voice matters — so please, speak up.