Newspapers dying? No way!

It is not a secret that the newspaper industry is in constant limbo – our business model is changing and evolving more and more each day.

Staffs are being trimmed at various businesses throughout the country, and major papers are trimming their print schedules in favor of a more “breaking news” model that is centered around the World Wide Web.

But while things change around us and the future admittedly takes us into new places, one theme remains constant: The demand for unbiased, fair information in a local community isn’t going away. It lives forever.

Newspapers and newsgathering journalists are essential in every community. For all of the lumps that media have taken in the past decade (some criticisms laid have been completely fair), our industry keeps a check on power and serves as the very necessary bridge between the decision-making government and the public that it serves.

Away from keeping tabs on power and ensuring that it is used productively and fairly, journalists also showcase the tremendous men, women and children within an area – the lifeblood of the community.

Without quality people, any community will perish. Without the community newspaper, these stories would go untold and our neighborhood’s people would be left uninformed.

The Tri-Parish Times is proud to give information to the people of Lafourche, Terrebonne and St. Mary parishes.

As Houma’s only locally owned newspaper, we are happy to provide fair and balanced coverage that accepts the opinions and views of all sides in any news, sports, entertainment or business situation.

It is for that reason that we would like to tout the role of media in this editorial column, which is running on National Newspaper Week – a holiday that some say will be one of the lasts within our industry.

Critics proclaim each year that newspapers are an archaic business model that will not last for another decade.

But the year is 2013 and we’re alive and kicking into the future – full steam ahead.

Are things changing? Sure. Find us an industry that isn’t.

But the rumors of our demise are greatly exaggerated.

The demand for local news will live forever.