By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: Sept. 28, 2012
They say newspapers are dying, and maybe they are right.
But here’s something that we believe is very much alive: Public service journalism that cares for the community it serves.
For the past two years, that has been the guiding principle of the Squamish Reporter.
Now that the Reporter is going from online-only to print, it’s time to reiterate that philosophy with our loyal and engaged readers.
Online and now every alternate Friday in print, The Squamish Reporter is committed to do the same public-interest journalism that our readers have come to expect.
Here are some of our core values.
We will tell the truth.
We will question and scrutinise the government.
We will give voice to the voiceless.
We will share your stories.
All we ask in return is your support: Share news tips, send us feedback, keep us accountable, and yes, please buy the newspaper.
Advertisers can have a lot of sway over a newspaper, but we want some of that power to lie with you—the reader, the community.
If enough of you buy the newspaper, the power to make or break this paper will be in your hands.
That being said, we want to offer affordable advertising rates to local businesses, particularly small businesses who struggle to be seen and survive in these tough economic times.
To maintain editorial independence, we will not accept advertising from the District of Squamish, SODC, or any other government agency.
We will also refuse to accept advertising from serving MP, MLA, the Mayor, the councillors, and SLRD Area D representatives.
This is to ensure critical distance. We don’t harbour any blind, ideological bias for the government or our duly elected representatives.
We have nothing but respect for our local paper and its staff, and we look forward to school ourselves in every thought, new or old.
But let this be said, too: Intimidation and threats won’t be tolerated.
Once again, I hope you will support this independent newspaper, and its vision of strong civic and public service journalism.
And we say this with utmost sincerity: It’s your paper.
You own it.
The Reporter will be available at the following locations.
1. Artisan Coffee shop 2. Nesters
3. Save On Foods 4. Dtn Husky Gas Station
5. Shell gas station 6. Valleycliffe General Store
7. Two Birds Eatery 8. Walmart
9. Brackendale Gas station 10. Canadian Tire
11. Bean Brackendale Coffee shop 12. Britannia Beach general store
13. Newport Market (Gelato Carina) 14. Scotties Liquor Store