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By Staff | Dec 7, 2016

Just 18 percent of Americans trust national news and just 22 percent trust local news, according to the Pew Research Center.

Only 4 percent of Americans trust social media “a lot” as a news source, and 30 percent trust it “some,” according to Pew. But sometimes it’s difficult to tell fake from true, or advocacy from propaganda. This creates one of the greatest challenges of our time.

News consumers must be extra vigilant in selecting news sources, while also being self-critical about those choices. The mainstream media need to work harder at presenting balanced reporting to rebuild trust.

We want our readers to hold us accountable for reporting the truth. We do report the truth; we have no purpose or agenda other than to serve our community.

Because this newspaper has as its primary calling the act of showcasing our community and finding good news, we aren’t digging for the bad.

We have begun using content from Iowa Watch and Iowa Policy Project for investigative reporting of statewide issues that affect us here in Emmet County. These are non-profit researchers with top-notch skills to bring us the numbers we need to know.

Community journalism is locally-oriented, professional news coverage which, in our case, focuses on our small towns and rural areas in Emmet County.

We are hyperlocal, which means we are here for you.

At the “emerging Mind of Community Journalism”?conference in Anniston, Ala. participants created a list characterizing community journalism as:?intimate, caring, and personal; it reflects the community and tells its stories, and it embraces a leadership role.

Jock Lauterer, community journalism lecturer at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill said, “…you know community journalism when you see it; it’s journalism in its natural state. It is the heartbeat of American journalism.”?