Journalism, like many present-day industries, is adapting and morphing to fit today’s demand for information and reporting. New tools and media have come to life throughout the world, but the same requests are being made for answers to the basic questions – who, what, when, where, and why.
But, as with many other media where information is being generated on a daily basis – and, sometimes, hourly – the profession has come under increased scrutiny from all angles.
The lines between entertainment and reporting have been blurred – fact and embellishment – opinion and truth.
That’s why, now more than ever, it’s important to have the ladies and gentlemen who are willing to go into the world and cover the events, write the stories, and ask the tough questions.
Especially so because not every story has a controversy – in fact, the best way to prevent controversy and scandal is for journalists to be there for all the small and sometimes boring occurrences.
So, in this space today The News celebrates the work of those journalists from all the sections of the paper who work so diligently to fill our pages – and our website – with content about you, Livingston Parish.
Our staff works hard to bring you the reports and pictures on everything upon which they can possibly get their hands.
News, sports, and lifestyle all require a sacrifice to make sure that everything is done correctly.
Nights, weekends, and early mornings are all part of the job to ensure accuracy and collection of information.
It’s a responsibility that no one on the staff at The News takes lightly.
In many cases, journalists aren’t the most popular people in the room, either.
Taking on the weight of reporting the facts can sometimes put you on opposite ends of anyone – from the fair organizer in a lifestyle story who had to cancel; a coach who got caught with hands in the cookie jar, so to speak; to a politician who made a promise but has taken zero steps to achieve the end goal.
Sure, more often than not those aforementioned folks are working hard and perhaps it was a slight slip or, even better, those are rare examples of how things can go wrong.
In many cases, as mentioned, life in Livingston Parish continues to move along at a steady pace with the every-so-often meeting, sporting event, or festival filling the gaps.
And The News will be there, to cover the before, during, and after to provide the answers to the who, what, when, where, why, and how.
That’s our promise to you, as journalists, that despite rain, sleet, or snow we will deliver – on a variety of different platforms, no less.
That’s the job, and the sacrifice for which we signed up.
The News appreciate those who continue to come to us for their community information as we adapt, innovate, and evolve to meet today’s demand for a variety of delivery methods.