Local newspapers are as important as ever
“You can pay me now,” said the man on the 1970 television commercial for Fram oil filters, “or you can pay him later,” pointing to the mechanic rebuilding an engine.”
That TV ad first aired 50 years ago; the message is a part of our consciousness today. That pay-now-or-pay-later line applies to what I believe is one of the two most under-reported stories of our time: The business of local journalism is endangered, and it matters.
Of the 270 newspapers serving Iowa’s 99 counties, not all will be around much longer. If yours is one that doesn’t last, who will report on public meetings? Who will hold your elected officials accountable? And who will advocate for regional economic development?
Read more in the June 11 Kossuth County Advance.