Media bashing isn’t anything new. I would hazard to say it’s as old as the profession itself. There have always been, and there will always be, people who disagree with what they read and for various reasons. They’ll sit on that high horse and point out what they believe are wrongdoings: How we should have done thias or we shouldn’t have done that.
Speaking on behalf of all staff, we at the Southern Standard work to provide the public with newsworthy content that is accurate and timely. We strive daily to fill each newspaper with local content that is educational, entertaining, fun, and most of all correct.
Because we do work so very hard and some people can be overly critical and amazingly abusive with their criticisms, it’s nice to hear words of appreciation for a job well done from time to time. Actually, it’s more than nice. Gratitude can be motivational.
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity...it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
-- Melody Beattie
Mayor Ben Newman offered those to us during the last Board of Mayor and Aldermen session, both with words and actions. He is placing our March 6 edition of the Southern Standard into the time capsule before it goes back into the concrete exterior wall of McMinnville City Hall.
That newspaper not only included a write-up of when and how the time capsule was found and a picture of the discoverers, it also contained what’s going on in the community today: local sports, coronavirus, recent tornadoes that devastated Cookeville and Nashville, and Warren County’s volunteer efforts to assist our neighboring communities.
Newman called that edition of the newspaper a “snapshot in time” and worthy of inclusion.
“That particular issue also has things about the coronavirus that’s going on. It talks about the tornadoes and the volunteers that we have that are working on that. I think there are neat and interesting news events that are going on. It also has regular things that also go on in our regular everyday life, too, with the sports page and all the people in it. I think it’s a good snapshot of today in time. I think it would be good to go in.”
He is right. Newspapers play a valuable role in communities. Each newspaper printed will someday be historically valuable, because each one records the history of its community and the people who live, work and die there. Since 1879, the Standard has provided these benefits to this community.
If you are featured in the Standard, you will forever be recorded in this community’s history. Thankfully, I am not the only one to recognize the importance of that. Thank you, Ben.
Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.