A future together

As we inch closer and closer to the end of our 42nd year in business, we at The Citizen want to express our deepest gratitude to all of our readers and advertisers, and in the spirit of change and growth that is the essence of every new year, re-commit ourselves to delivering the news of the North Boroughs.

Community journalism is nearly extinct in this country, despite its tremendous value to society as a whole and the community served by a locally owned newspaper. We have heard from government officials that one of the top efforts for which municipalities are seeking help is in providing information to their citizens. As reporting becomes generic across the many media outlets owned by huge corporations, the day-to-day news of the local borough or township is set aside. At the same time, a recent study showed that government malfeasance was significantly curtailed by the presence of a locally-based staff of reporters who consistently cover the workings of local government, and that a local newspaper builds a sense of community. The television stations and big newspapers swoop in when the news promises a sensational enough headline, but are no where to be found when you need to know what is happening with your local tax dollars, with the crime in your neighborhood, and when your friends’ achievements are notable and even inspiring.

Social media is notoriously unreliable when it comes to reporting the real story, and you don’t have time to visit 50 different Web sites to find out what is happening in the community. That’s where we step in. That’s what we do. And that is what we intend to improve on in the new year.

As many of you know, our owner/publisher/editor suffered a life-threatening – and life-changing – medical crisis two years ago. Every day of the time since then has been focused on adapting, growing stronger, and reevaluating priorities. There was a very real chance that The Citizen’s doors would close for good. The challenges of delivering a quality newspaper seemed overwhelming. After consulting with some community leaders and studying the options, we have decided to address some of those challenges and hopefully become even better at our mission.

To that end, you will see some big changes in 2019. The printed newspaper WILL NOT disappear, but in a time when paperboys and girls are nearly impossible to find, we will begin offering a digital replica of the printed paper so that we can reach even more readers. Work has already begun on a new Web site that will offer new and exciting ways of delivering the local news to you, and involving you in the issues of the day.

We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with the people of the North Boroughs, and we will be looking to you for help with nurturing the community journalism that means so much to all of us.