At a time when local newspapers across the country are imperiled — cutting staff and resources to stay alive, drawing more from pooled resources like the Associated Press to the detriment of their own original content and instituting furloughs — it’s important to celebrate those papers that are still doing challenging work that makes an impact on their communities.
With this is mind print trade pub Editor & Publisher has revealed its ninth annual list of “10 That Do It Right,” ten newspapers that are doing things that “merit recognition for that effort and achievement.”
“None of the papers that made the list or were seriously considered has escaped the turmoil of the industry,” E&P said. “In fact, one of them, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, is among the papers in bankruptcy reorganization. Nearly all have endured deep cuts to their newsrooms.”
Still, the achievements of the papers show that good work can still be done despite massive debt and financial pressures. Priorities, people!
The only New York-area paper to be included by E&P was The Post Star upstate in Glens Falls, N.Y. The paper made E&P‘s list for emphasizing transparency in the government. The paper’s editorial editor, Mark Mahoney, was also awarded a Pulitzer Prize this year.
“In its editorials, blogs and online help centers, the Glens Falls newspaper reminds us constantly that it is ordinary citizens who most need open government to ensure their rights, their property, their government benefits,” E&P said. “By selecting Post-Star Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney as the winner for editorial, the Pulitzer Prize jurists showed they understood that fundamental truth.”
Other list-makers included the Las Vegas Sun, the Sioux City Journal in Iowa, Dallas’ Briefing, the East Bay Express in Emeryville, Calif., Minneapolis’ Star Tribune, The Daily Independent in Ridgecrest, Calif., the New Times in Phoenix and The Cincinnati Enquirer.