Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Sad, sad day for the industry
Here at the Free Lance-Star, we recently dealt with the first layoffs of news people in the paper’s history. We’re also dealing with the retirement of an icon here, Nancy Moore, a managing editor who will leave this newsroom just hours from now. She’s a true newswoman, and inspired a lot of good work here.
But in Denver, it’s far worse. It’s heart breaking, as a journalist, to watch the videos and see what has happened to the Rocky Mountain News. I almost wish I didn’t go to the site today to view all the videos and read the goodbyes. It’s ruined my Friday and scared me to death. I have writer’s block now. I’m saddened.
But, for you, our readers, check it out here. Newspapers need your support so much right now. Without newspapers, folks who are trained to work hard at reporting the truth and holding your governments accountable, become obsolete. What will the world be like without reporters, editors and newspapers?
I try not to think about it. But to our friends at the Rocky Mountain News, I wish you all the best in finding new work. Stay strong. I wish I could do something to help.
If you don’t subscribe to a newspaper, give it a whirl. There is always something good to read in every issue. And it’s just cents a day to get it.