No Facebook bashing going on here. The newspaper has a Facebook page and presence. Just something for us all to ponder. Reprinted with permission. -ms
A colleague of mine in the newspaper business commented to me recently that he has seen a ‘drift’ away from people, organizations, and even local governments contributing community news items, and announcements of upcoming events, etc. to their community newspapers, and instead putting that information on Facebook. During our discussion, there developed a theme that is similar to the ‘shop local’ promotions that many small towns have undertaken to remind people to patronize their local businesses in order to preserve their local communities and perhaps even help them grow a bit. The theme goes something like this, as it relates to the Last Mountain area:
While Facebook may get information to a close circle of friends and a network of personal contacts, it doesn’t get that information to about 2,300 people in the Last Mountain area each week (based on the local paper being read each week by 2.3 people per household). [The Blount Countian reaches approximately 4,000 households weekly.]
Facebook doesn’t pay rent, or property and education taxes in the local area.
Facebook doesn’t buy at the local grocery and hardware stores.
Facebook doesn’t buy gas at the local gas stations.
Facebook doesn’t have children or grandchildren attending local schools.
Facebook isn’t the local Post Office’s biggest volume customer, week after week after week.
Facebook doesn’t attend or report on local events.
Facebook doesn’t report on local municipal government meetings and activities.
As a matter of fact, Facebook doesn’t contribute anything to the local economy… anywhere. On the other hand, local community newspapers and their owners and employees do all of the above, and more.
Something to think about.
D. Degenstien, Editor | Publisher
Last Mountain Times
Nokomis | Strasbourg, SK Canada