National Newspaper Week reminds us of sacred freedom

In this, National Newspaper Week, it’s worth remembering the power of the press rests in the ability of journalists to hold government accountable, to mobilize public opinion on matters that are important to individuals, communities or the nation, and to provide necessary information of value.

We try to do all those things in the Sun-Gazette you read each day, whether in print on online. That information of value we take seriously across the board, from the local meeting coverage to the classified and display ads.

Unlike any other business, our product is custom-made everyday and serves a purpose we bellieve to be irreplaceable: The nation beginning with our local audience needs facts, presented clearly, accurately and completely.

Unfortunately, The Newseum Institute’s latest State of the First Amendment national survey showed 70 percent of respondents disagreed with the statement that the news media tries to report the news without bias.

We have railed about failures to produce the objectivity readers deserve and believe ourselves to fall in the 30 percent category.

We certainly try to separate the rest of our news product from the opinion content you read on this page each day.

In our view, the best way for newspapers to remain relevant is to provide an objective, complete, reliable product each day that has both news and consumer information worthwhile to readers.

We provide this information basically on the foundation of the First Amendment that protects our free speech rights and, by extension, yours too.

Never forget how fragile those right are.

Trust us, there are threats to those rights constantly.

Look around this world and notice how many pockets do not honor such free speech rights.

Look out your front porch and our newspaper on it represents the best we can do each day to take those free speech rights represent you to the best of our ability.

In this, National Newspaper Week, remember what one columnist said recently regarding the relevance of newspapers:

“Ignorance and apathy is the challenge. Credibility and necessity are the means to overcome those challenges.”