The highs and lows of community journalism


Jennie McGhan

This week is National Newspaper Week, emphasizing the role newspapers play in the daily lives of their readership.

This leads to a reflection on my part regarding the role the readership plays in my daily life.

Without the readers and members of the community, the Daily Sun News wouldn’t have a purpose.

The news reporters, who have come and gone throughout the generations, would not have shared the joys and sorrows, witnessed expectant young mothers become grandmothers and young boys grow into doting grandfathers.

We wouldn’t have a reason to share the tragedies and inform people when the wonderful individuals in the Lower Yakima Valley come together in support of another person or family.

The journalists here get a front row seat to almost everything happening in the community.

Sometimes the events bring us to tears. Others, we feel anger at an injustice.

The best part, though, is getting to capture moments of triumph in an effort to memorialize the happenings and the lives of those around us.

We aren’t at the center of the action but observing it as it all unfolds. We develop bonds because of shared emotions and a common interest in making our home a little brighter, a little more interesting.

Although, some of the faces at the Daily Sun News are different, the purpose is the same.

We want to highlight the highs and lows, telling the goings on of those around us.

The goal is to set aside our differences and tell the story, let others know there are great people… hard-working individuals, who all have a heart and purpose.

It isn’t easy to roll up on a crash or a fire, knowing the people most affected by the tragedy is someone else’s loved one, or even someone we ourselves care about.

But, that isn’t the time for a journalist to cry. We need to share what happened because it is a moment in someone’s story.

On the sidelines, we aren’t supposed to cheer for the home team because an objective journalist isn’t supposed to have a favorite. But, you darn well better believe we are cheering on the inside.

Know this, if nothing else, our hearts at the Daily Sun News are with the community we serve, the readers and the people whose lives we are privileged enough to share.

That is why we exist… to serve those around us with pride.


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