Moving into 2020 and 130 years of Siuslaw News


Over the course of a few hours, one can time-travel through what will soon be 130 years of local history captured in aged clippings, folded newspaper pages and pamphlets

Dec. 28, 2019 — With the new year looming, it was once again time to sort through the past in order to benefit our newsroom’s future.

Over the course of a few hours, one can time-travel through what will soon be 130 years of local history captured in aged clippings, folded newspaper pages and pamphlets.

They are things you’ll never find with a Google search, which exist now only in the memories of those who wrote the stories, lived the experience or, in this case, remain preserved in the archives of our small newsroom.

I have to admit, I am coming into the New Year without any concrete resolutions aside from the usual — and ongoing — intentions of eating healthier, exercising more and procrastinating less (something I invariably keep putting off).

However, a trip through the past serves to reinforce the unique responsibility and privilege we have, as a newspaper, to be the keepers of the past, chroniclers of the present and initiators of conversation for the future — all while serving as a reflection of our community’s hopes, challenges and accomplishments at this particular moment in time.

That being said, I’m not making a resolution as much as offering you our resolve, as your community newspaper, to continue striving for your trust and partnership on these pages each week.

“Integrity” is a term that has come into question within the realm of journalism far too often over the last few years, particularly at the national level where the need to be “first” with information is sometimes more important than the responsibility of providing facts and context.

And while we aren’t perfect, we certainly try — even if it means holding a breaking news story to make sure the information is complete and not based on speculation, assumption or rumor.

As we head into 2020 and our 130th year of the Siuslaw News, I look forward to the conversations we’ll have together on the phone, through emails, visits here in the office or while waiting for a cup of coffee.

It’s these conversations that build  trust and partnership — and the integrity I hope you will feel is reflected on these pages with each edition.

Over the course of the past year, we’ve seen some changes here at The Siuslaw News, including a new page design and a bigger presence online.

The changes were made to improve what we do as your community newspaper.

Some day, when another editor for The Siuslaw News is reading through and organizing the archives of our history, like me they will be moved by the same sense of responsibility and privilege that now rests in past archives, as well as the archives yet to be written.

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