🏀 This was supposed to be Final Four weekend.
🎙🗞️ Today is National Hug a Newsperson day. I started my career in local news — covering rural sheriffs and school boards for The (Fredericksburg, Va.) Free-Lance Star, then an evening paper.
- When Susan Tremblay — the reporter for Stafford County, the biggest county in our circulation area — was off and I got to cover the planning commission, I was all excited and dressed up in coat and tie. I went and got the packet early so I'd be on top of all the easement and signage requests.
- Then it was night cops — and weather and real estate, and parades and graduations — for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. And Alexandria City Council and Arlington Board of Supervisors for The Washington Post.
- In so many vibrant and classic communities in America, no one is covering those beats now, because of financial pressures that are crushing once-great newsrooms.
So please subscribe to your community paper online, and give to a local NPR station.
- Why it matters: It helps keep our leaders honest, and brings your neighbors alive even in these times of hunkering down.