Information gap filled by papers


August 7, 2013 - 12:00 AM

A common observation that finds its way to the Register is how many of our readers enjoy picking up a copy of the newspaper and holding it firmly in their hands as they read away. They like to get their news the old-fashioned way.
Readers also take advantage of our online edition and the social media opportunities the newspaper provides, but, many say, there’s nothing like the hardcopy (there, that’s a concession to technology), even if it means getting a few ink smudges on their fingers.
An editorial from the Economist, elsewhere on today’s opinion page, discusses the purchase of the Washington Post by Jeff Bezos, of Amazon fame.
The grand lady of journalism inside the beltway has struggled financially in recent years, a lament heard about many newspapers, from very small to the largest in the land.
News channels — really more about bluster and show business than news — that broadcast 24 hours a day, the multitude of electronic devices that permit anyone the wherewithal to tap into information whenever the whim strikes and a multitude of other factors have taken their toll on traditional newspapers.
But, when it comes to small town U.S.A., there is no better source of local news than the Registers of the world. They’re the only ones that care about their communities and the people who live there.
We have limitations on news-gathering resources because we are a business, but we diligently try to keep our readers informed about what is occurring in Iola, Allen County and nearby environs. We also are cognizant of keeping a historical record of our community.
The best and fastest way to find out what occurred in Iola from the mid-1800s to now is through the Register and its archives, including “The Annals of Iola and Allen County,” a daily look at the area over many years through the eyes and ears of scores of Register reporters.
Read us daily. You’ll be glad you did.
— Bob Johnson

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