Pennsylvania newspapers are a robust drive. Our mission as we speak is not any completely different than that of our predecessors: Ship dependable information and knowledge important to taxpayers and residents in order that they’ll make knowledgeable choices about their lives, their households and their communities. What has modified are the strategies of reports supply, nonetheless firmly rooted in print newspapers and expanded by way of information web sites and social media to make the business’s multipronged statewide attain unprecedented.
Our business contributed $1.3 billion to the state financial system in 2020, in keeping with a newly launched report commissioned by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Affiliation, our commerce group representing greater than 350 print, digital and information media-related members statewide (together with LNP| LancasterOnline). The financial evaluation reveals that our business’s state and native tax affect was $51.8 million. The numbers display that Pennsylvania newspapers work diligently to assist commerce and business in our particular person communities by way of information protection and myriad promoting alternatives.
The important relevance of our work reveals within the reporting. Reporters, editors, photographers, videographers, designers and artists statewide proceed to deliver Pennsylvania residents well timed information and knowledge impacting their day by day lives, together with lifesaving public well being details about the coronavirus pandemic. They report on state election happenings, the financial results of COVID-19 and different crucial and divergent points. Typically, our newsrooms work collectively on investigations that fulfill our function as a authorities watchdog.
Our dedication to communities comes from inside. The Pennsylvania newspaper business is comprised of companies that champion the nice well being and success of the cities, boroughs, suburbs and rural areas the place we make our houses. We’re neighbors, pals, enterprise house owners, clients and neighborhood volunteers. Pennsylvania newspapers and their devoted staff, who quantity almost 10,000, contributed $3.9 million in charitable donations and volunteered greater than 100,000 hours valued at $2.5 million in 2020 alone.
Our course is regular. We stay probably the most trusted supply of native and credible information, in keeping with a Coda Ventures examine. The Poynter Media Belief Survey agrees, discovering that the general public overwhelmingly trusts native reporting: 73% of U.S. adults surveyed stated they’ve confidence of their native newspaper, in comparison with 55% for nationwide community information. We robustly defend and shield First Modification rights in a commonwealth the place we offer communities with the dependable information and knowledge that assist to make sure their high quality of life. As we have a good time Nationwide Newspaper Week this week, our business, and our dedication to serving the wants of fellow Pennsylvanians, is robust as we glance to a shiny and wholesome future.
Brad Simpson is president of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Affiliation. This op-ed was written for Nationwide Newspaper Week, which ran from Oct. 3 by way of as we speak.