This year, Oct. 4-10 marks the 80th observance of National Newspaper Week, sponsored by the Newspaper Managers Association. Each year we take the opportunity to remind the community of the important role local newspapers play and to thank you all for your continued support.

The 2020 National Newspaper Week theme is “America Needs Journalists.” That filters from coverage of international and national stories right down to the events happening on Main Street. From the White House and Wall Street to Main Street and town halls just around the corner, our communities rely on journalists to cover what our leaders, what our institutions are doing.

In an opinion piece for National Newspaper Week, David Chavern, president and CEO of News Media Alliance, wrote about how without the work of dedicated journalists, “many of the biggest stories of the past decade — at the global, national and local levels — would have gone untold.”

“Local journalists are the reason we have the information we need to make decisions about our lives and our leaders. Without their passionate dedication to newsgathering and superb storytelling, we would understand so little of the world around us,” Chavern wrote.

Here at The Star Democrat, we strive to serve our community by bringing readers the top local stories of the day. Our dedicated team also looks at state and national issues and reports on how they could affect the Mid-Shore.

Beyond that, we also tell stories about our friends and neighbors in the community doing good, about new local businesses opening up and about our talented students and athletes. We want to bring all kinds of perspectives, viewpoints and voices to our coverage. We want to earn your trust.

So many of these story ideas come from our readers. Please keep sending us your story ideas and tips. Call us. Email us. Text us. We are always happy to hear from you.

Journalism is a community service and our entire team is passionate about ensuring readers have the best, most up-to-date information available.

Newspapers have found themselves in the headlines over the last decade or so as they have faced financial hardships and — in far, far too many cases — layoffs and closures. That situation has been compounded this year by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Star Democrat and our fellow publications under the APG Media of Chesapeake banner continue to serve our communities. We thank our readers and advertisers for continuing to support us and the work we do to keep the community informed.

Tom Silvestri is a former president and publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch of Virginia. Now executive director of the Relevance Project, an effort that advocates for local newspapers, Silvestri penned a column for National Newspaper Week urging Americans to “vote” for their local publications by subscribing, by advertising and by engaging with frequent website visits, sending letters to the editor, liking social media posts and reaching out to reporters and editors.

“While the United States is riveted by a most unusual presidential election, the newspaper industry is running to win the hearts, minds and souls of ‘voters.’ These voters are readers, residents, subscribers, students, advertisers, marketers, sponsors and newspaper employees,” Silvestri wrote. “This campaign to elect newspapers is winnable, but much is at stake.”

A vote for The Star Democrat is a vote for an award-winning team serving our local community. As this year’s National Newspaper Week reminds us that “America Needs Journalists,” so too do the small towns and communities of the Eastern Shore.

Thank you for continuing to support us and our communities.

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