While going about my duties this weekend several people stopped to ask me about the most recent acquisition of The Tribune by Adams Publishing Company. Specifically they wanted to know how that would impact me.
I can’t even tell you how special that made me feel. The people of the Yadkin Valley have been incredibly generous with their compliments which is a big part of why I always want to work harder and do even better.
I’m not the only one who feels that way. So do other folks at The Tribune and the entire company, old and new.
In these times when large media groups are shuffling the atrocities of the world before our eyes in a constant stream, it’s nice to have a little something that is focused on your own neighborhood, especially if there are as many good things to talk about as we have here in the Yadkin Valley.
There are businesspeople who understand and appreciate the importance of a newspaper to its community. That’s why they want us so much.
It’s nice to be wanted, and who wouldn’t want to buy a set of papers that get to brag on their people as often as we do?
When I look over our publications I see more stories about people helping people and the wonderful events taking place than incidents involving emergency authorities.
It’s not that bad things don’t happen here, but often when they do they are balanced by stories of people serving those suffering such as the fundraisers for fires.
Maybe our publications are not perfect. There’s always someone who wants to see more news while others would prefer that as a local paper we stuck to only those stories that are uplifting. I’d like to think we have a nice balance of both, at least that we do most of the time.
It’s maintaining that balance that makes papers like The Tribune so desirable. We are not reporting on people across the world, country or usually even state. Unlike city papers we know most of our people personally.
These are the officials who make decisions on the roads we drive on, places where we live, and the schools where we send our own children. We cover the stories that we hear about when we are sitting in the waiting room. We know that we are not likely to go to the grocery without seeing people we interact with in our work.
Because we never stop working.
We don’t just work for a paper or a publishing company. We work for our community. We are so much more than whomever owns the papers who employ us.
We always represent more than just our company, but the communities we cover. We are their voice to the outside as much as we are the conscience that observes and reports.
As reporters for a small paper, we are our towns and we are invested.
That is exactly what Adams Publishing Group was looking for. They wanted us for who we are and what we can be, which for me is perfect.
Because what we want to be is our very best for you, the people who stop in the middle of the street to make sure we are personally OK with the new company.
Beanie Taylor is a staff reporter for The Tribune. Follow her on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor or Facebook at www.facebook.com/TBeanieTaylor.